Good neighbours is the theme of a campaign launched during National Consumer Week by Cambridgeshire County Council officers.
National Consumer Week, led by the Trading Standards Institute, Citizens Advice and the National Trading Standards Board takes place this week (3-7 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.
The latest research indicates as many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime occur in the UK each year as rogue traders cold call and exploit vulnerable people.
Their tactics involve convincing their victims to pay extortionate prices for unnecessary repairs which are then of poor quality.
Nikki Pasek, Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities at Cambridgeshire County Council said â€œThe Good Neighbours campaign is about us all looking out for the people who live near us to make sure they donâ€™t become victims of doorstep crime. It doesnâ€™t take more than a minute to check on an elderly person who lives in your community to make sure they are alright and help stop them from falling foul of rogue traders. We want to spread the Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders message to make sure criminals arenâ€™t able to exploit the vulnerable with their shoddy work and extortionate prices.â€
If you or your neighbour has been a victim of rogue trading call Consumer Advice Customer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or phone the Police if the rogue trader is still in your area and using threatening behaviour.