and Highbridge residents warned over cold callers
& Somerset Trading Standards officials have this week issued
a new warning to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea to say 'no' to
are being urged to be vigilant against rogue doorstep traders
offering home maintenance services in the area.
The warning comes as the longer daylight hours often coincide
with a rise in complaints to Trading Standards.
March this year six complaints were made and in February an estimated
£3,000 was lost by victims, a 100 per cent increase on 2015.
April, ten complaints were made with an estimated £28,000
lost. Now Trading Standards Officers are urging the public to
be on their guard in a bid to avoid a repeat of last year.
rogue traders offer services such as window and gutter cleaning,
roofing work, driveway repairs and garden clearance with the aim
of cheating householders. Other criminals claim to be from the
council, police, health care companies or utility and phone companies.
crime can affect anyone - but the elderly and vulnerable people
are often being targeted.
"It is important that you not only exercise caution on your
own doorstep, but look out for your neighbours, family and friends
to help prevent them falling victim too," a spokesman for
Devon and Somerset Trading Standards told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
study by the Home Office revealed that the health of older victims
of doorstep crimes declines faster than non-victims of a similar
are also 2.4 times more likely to be in residential care two years
after a burglary or incident than their non-burgled neighbours."
work done by many of these traders is often is shoddy with extortionate
prices charged for substandard repairs and unnecessary jobs."
money is taken without the work agreed being done. The cost of
repairing the poor work can often leave consumers in unexpected
2015, 87 complaints were received by the Trading Standards in
relation to doorstep crime, with an estimate loss of over £101,000.
Roger Croad, Devon County Councils Cabinet Member with Responsibility
for Trading Standards, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Be part
of the solution, say no to doorstep crime and make sure you talk
to those around you to raise awareness."
you want to have work done at home, please remember that you should
always obtain three quotes from reputable businesses that come
recommended, either by friends or via the Buy With Confidence
Leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor David Hall, added:
"If someone knocks on your door that you do not recognise,
and you were not expecting do not answer the door unless you feel
comfortable doing so."
a caller tells you they have noticed that your property is in
need of repair, always seek other professional opinions, and only
agree to have work done if you are happy you can trust the trader,
and that you would be able to contact them easily if things go
report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101 or Trading
Standards on 03454040506. If you are concerned that someone is
at immediate risk of serious harm, always call 999.
To learn more about scams and doorstep crime, click
here to take a short scams awareness training session.