Police warning on rogue traders

Just Regional
Dec 30, 2015 2 mins read

Norfolk residents are being urged to be vigilant following reports of suspected rogue traders operating in the county.

Police have received a number of calls concerning men cold calling at addresses and posing as a reputable roofing firm, suggesting that roof repairs are necessary, offering a deal or asking for money upfront to undertake the work.

Inspector Brian Sweeney, at Aylsham Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Remember that you do not have to open your door to cold callers. Close and lock your back door before answering the front door. If you do not recognise the person, speak through the closed and locked door. If they are selling something or offering to do any work on your house or garden, tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave. If they persist tell them you will call the police and call us on 999.  If you have any doubt – keep them out.”

Our colleagues at Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards advise that residents never agree to buy goods from, or have work done, by someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.

Often such traders don’t provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods – which is all too often the case.

Anyone feeling threatened by a cold caller should call 999 immediately.

Anyone with information about suspected rogue traders should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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