CALL FOR NEIGHBOURS TO HELP CLAMP DOWN ON ROGUE TRADERS

5 Dec

South Sheffield

strangeratthedoor

Life is about to become much tougher for rogue traders wishing to take advantage of elderly and vulnerable residents in Sheffield.

As part of National Consumer Week 2014, residents in Sheffield are being urged to look out for rogue traders preying on their elderly and vulnerable neighbours.

As many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime occur nationally each year, with residents cold called with offers to carry out repairs that are poor quality, unnecessary and charged at extortionate prices. Victims often report being threatened and even driven to their bank to withdraw money.

Investigating these incidents locally is the number one priority for Sheffield’s Fair Trading team and, whilst officers aim to identify and prosecute those involved, community awareness is key to reducing the harm caused to elderly and vulnerable residents.

Residents within our communities are scammed of thousands of pounds at the hands of these criminals as incidents go…

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