It’s National Consumer Week 2014 – Top information from Suffolk Trading Standards about rogue traders, cold calling and doorstep crime
The theme of National Consumer Week 2014 is Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders. The campaign is launching on 3 November.
The Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders campaign focuses on preventing doorstep crime by encouraging neighbours, family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities. Despite vast under-reporting of doorstep crime, latest research shows there could be as many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime each year. Doorstep criminals exploit vulnerable citizens by convincing them to pay for shoddy or incomplete repair work, charging extortionate fees for their services, or threatening residents who do not comply.
Signs an unwanted doorstep caller is visiting a neighbour:
- Traders have been cold calling in the area
- A builder’s van is parked nearby, particularly one that doesn’t include a company name or contact details
- Building or maintenance work on your neighbour’s garden or house starts unexpectedly
- Poor quality work is visible…
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