Police in operation to clampdown on rogue traders
Police have carried out patrols, handed out security advice and
visited several commercial premises during a week of action against
so called 'rogue traders'.
Rogue Trader operation week also saw police carrying out stop checks
and arrests, while officers and PCSOs have been working with council
Trading Standards teams and the community to spread doorstep crime
the Burnham-On-Sea area, Police have visited local car washes to
check the working conditions, and they have held high visibility
patrols in No Cold Calling Zones in Berrow, Brean, Burnham and Highbridge.
the week, officers in the region have also visited previous crime
victims to make sure they are protecting themselves, used unmarked
vehicles to patrol traders, spoke to possible victims on buses and
public transport, and stopped suspicious vehicles at road checks
across the country. They also have visited banks, building societies
and Post Offices to remind staff how they can help their customers
stay safe from doorstep crime.
Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said: "Rogue traders target
the most vulnerable in our society and will use any tactic to gain
their trust before stealing from them."
hard to comprehend the effect these crimes have on the victims
some never recover from the horror of having their homes raided.
The aim of this week of action is to help people feel confident
about dealing with strangers on their doorstep."
has a part to play - many of us have vulnerable elderly relatives,
friends or neighbours and I would ask that you help us to help them
stay safe. The most important message for anyone concerned about
doorstep crime is its ok to say no."
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "Rogue traders
carry out the ultimate act of betrayal. Too often I have heard of
incidences where these despicable individuals prey on people and
abuse their trust. The exploitation of people through cold-calling
and distraction burglaries will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset."
it is your doorstep, please do not let these people bully their
way into your home. If you're not sure who's at your door you don't
have to open it, genuine callers will make an appointment to come
back at a later date or will be happy to wait while you check they
are who they say they are."
is not illegal for traders to sell at the door and legitimate callers
will not mind if you shut and lock the door while you verify that
they are genuine.
traders often offer gardening work or maintenance services at attractive
rates but the quality of work is substandard, unnecessary or overpriced.
They often use persuasive sales techniques to encourage people into
making hasty decisions.