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Officers urge residents to be vigilant of rogue traders after incident in Baslow

Posted on 23rd April 2015

Officers are urging local residents to be vigilant of rogue traders following a recent incident in Baslow.

At around 3pm on Wednesday, April 22, police received reports of three men in the village allegedly touting for business by handing out flyers.

Residents are being encouraged to be on the lookout for doorstep rogue traders, who may talk them into having urgent repairs carried out at their properties and paying in advance for materials. Bogus workmen will cold call and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory goods and services or unnecessary repairs.

Simple steps people can take to protect themselves from the risk of falling victim to rogue traders include:

• Checking the identity of any doorstep caller by asking to see an ID badge or by calling the company they claim to work for by using a number from a telephone directory;
• Asking a neighbour to come around and check before opening the door;
• Using the door chain every time the door is opened;
• Asking the caller to return at a time when someone else will be at home.

PC Simon Wolverson from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We’re urging all local people, especially elderly and vulnerable residents, to take notice of the crime prevention advice in a bid to stop themselves being targeted.

“Anyone who knows an older friend, family member or neighbour, please pass on the information to them too and keep a lookout for them to ensure they are OK.

 “Sometimes, residents may let someone they have never met into their home if they think they need help, a drink, to use their toilet or the phone for example. They are more likely to feel isolated, embarrassed and unsure of where to turn if they need help.

“If you have any information about suspected rogue trading in your area please do get in touch on the non-emergency number, 101. The local community are our eyes and ears and details you give could help us to prevent people from falling victim to this type of crime.”

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