Aylsham

Operation Rogue Trader Week

Just Regional
Apr 25, 2013 2 mins read

Norfolk Police are taking part in a week-long national operation to raise awareness of rogue traders and tackle any cold callers reported in the county.

Officers from Operation RADAR are dedicated to dealing with doorstep crime in Norfolk 52 weeks of the year. They work with partners to target rogue traders and highlight the dangers of consenting to having work carried out by cold callers.

The week of activities is being led by Operation Liberal, the national intelligence unit for distraction burglary and associated travelling criminality, and Trading Standards.

Top Tips for keeping your property safe –

1. Always keep your back door locked when answering your front door, so no-one can enter your property without your consent

2. Use a spy hole, chain or window to look at any caller you don’t recognise. Not sure? Don’t open the door

3. Display a No Cold Calling sticker on your door, you can get one of these for free from your local Safer Neighbourhood Team

4. Always ask for ID – take it from the caller through the letterbox and read it carefully

5. Check the caller is genuine by telephoning their company using the number in the phone book. The Gas Board and the Water Board no longer exist

6. Use an accredited trader to carry out work at your home. Try the Norfolk Trusted Trader Scheme run by Norfolk Trading Standards

7. Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Don’t be pressured into having work carried out.

8. Never pay cash up front and don’t ever go to the bank or cash point with a trader

9. Discuss any work you feel needs doing with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader

10. Call 999 if you think a rogue trader is at your property.

More information can be found on our website http://www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/homesecurity/boguscallersroguetraders.aspx

 

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