Dorset Police and Trading Standards crack down on rogue traders

Dorset Police and Trading Standards crack down on rogue traders

Dorset Police and Trading Standards crack down on rogue traders

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DORSET Police are targeting rogue traders and doorstep sellers as part of a national crackdown.

Safer Neighbourhood teams and officers from the Road Traffic Unit teamed up with Trading Standards officers to undertake a day of action to try and identify any rogue traders that might be working in the area.

This was part of a week of activities taking places across the UK, led by Operation Liberal.

The aim of the week was to identify and arrest rogue traders, to disrupt the activity of rogue trading and to make communities aware of this type of crime.

Officers said rogue traders are individuals or groups of people who cold-call householders, often targeting vulnerable residents, claiming to be a bona fide business and purporting to offer services, most commonly buildings maintenance and repair.

Officers added that offenders can charge excessive fees for the work, yet the work that is carried out is either sub-standard or not carried out at all.

Crime prevention and design advisor for Dorset Police, Debbie Oldfield, said: “If you feel that you have been a victim of a rogue trader please do not feel embarrassed. Contact Dorset Police or Trading Standards and report it.

“By working together we can try to stop this sort of heinous crime.”

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101.

 

TRADING Standards said the simply message from them was to always say 'no' to any traders offering to carry out work who unexpectedly turn up on your doorstep.

TS said people should follow this advice:

• Always remember to put the chain on the door before opening it.

• Do not phone any telephone number provided by the caller, it could be bogus.

• Always check the caller’s identity by phoning the number in the telephone book. Shut the door and get them to wait outside. A genuine caller will be happy to wait.

• Never agree to any work offered on the doorstep, no matter how urgent the caller says it is.

• Always get three quotes for work and if possible get recommendations from family and friends.

• Never pay cash upfront.

• A trader must provide you with cancellation rights in writing.

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12:23pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

This is one Government service that should not be cut back, but hugely increased. Nationally however some 40% has been, this is dangerous both in terms of people being defrauded, duped and ripped off, to serious and even fatal health consequences.

With the virtually unchecked open borders the current and last governments have recklessly allowed, adding massively to the number of unscrupulous people about, coupled with the flood of imports in shoddy Chinese goods , there has been a huge spike in frauds, counterfeit goods, shysters and serious health risks to consumers. It is not only a serious risk to people directly, but also a serious impediment to UK business.

People should not hesitate to report anyone selling knock off junk or making themselves familiar with the sales of goods and services act etc.

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This is one Government service that should not be cut back, but hugely increased. Nationally however some 40% has been, this is dangerous both in terms of people being defrauded, duped and ripped off, to serious and even fatal health consequences. With the virtually unchecked open borders the current and last governments have recklessly allowed, adding massively to the number of unscrupulous people about, coupled with the flood of imports in shoddy Chinese goods , there has been a huge spike in frauds, counterfeit goods, shysters and serious health risks to consumers. It is not only a serious risk to people directly, but also a serious impediment to UK business. People should not hesitate to report anyone selling knock off junk or making themselves familiar with the sales of goods and services act etc. http://www.tradingst andards.gov.uk/advic e/consumer-advice.cf m http://www.tradingst andards.gov.uk/extra /news-item.cfm/newsi d/1464 Sigurd Hoeberth
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