Say "NO" TO COLD CALLERS
Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards Service works closely with Northamptonshire Police to respond to instances of doorstep crime. Whilst the Police deal mainly with distraction burglary, Trading Standards will generally deal with rogue traders offering goods or services at the doorstep. These traders will often use a deception that the householder may have a loose roof tile or leaking guttering to persuade them to have work done on their property when much of the time no work is required. They may quote a low price which then increases substantially as they find more and more unnecessary work to carry out which is usually carried out to a very poor standard.
Trading Standards have dealt with cases where elderly or vulnerable householders have lost tens of thousands of pounds to rogues who have carried out little or no work on their properties. In the most recent case, a rogue roofer defrauded an elderly Northamptonshire lady out of £21,600 for work worth no more than £900. He was jailed for four years.
Our advice is NOT to buy goods or services from someone who cold calls at your door. Our clear and simple message, which is supported by Northamptonshire Police is “IF YOU’RE NOT SURE DON’T OPEN THE DOOR”.
Trading Standards have a double sided ‘No Cold Calling’ door sticker available so that you and your neighbours are able to send a strong message that you don’t deal with cold callers. If you would like a sticker, or any of our leaflets dealing with doorstep crime, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0300 126 1000.
If you do require work to be carried out on your house or garden, our Buy With Confidence approved trader scheme brings together over 140 local trades people who have been stringently vetted by Trading Standards. For more information about the scheme or to search for a business that is Trading Standards approved please visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or telephone 0300 126 1000.
If you need general advice, please contact Trading Standards by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.
Visit our website at www.snvb.org.uk