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Police target rogue traders in crackdown

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

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A CRACKDOWN on rogue trader crime will be taking place in outlying areas of South Derbyshire over the coming months.

The move by Derbyshire Police comes after the Mail reported how the force had seen a rise in rogue trader incidents.

Areas such as Repton, Willington and Hilton will be looked at more closely, with officers speaking to elderly residents about reporting any suspicious callers at their own or their neighbours’ homes.

PC Chris Bond (pictured), of the Derbyshire Police’s doorstep crime unit, said: “We’re always grateful of any information we receive about those who go door-to-door offering goods and services as there have been cases where residents have been charged very high prices for low quality or unnecessary work.

“Older or more vulnerable people tend to be targeted and rogue traders have also been linked to other types of doorstep crime such as distraction, burglary and theft.”

PC Bond added: “Anyone who is suspicious of a caller should contact the police so that officers can make checks.

“If they are using a vehicle, see if you can get its registration number, colour and make and pass these details on.”

The crackdown will see close work between Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire County Council.

Anyone with information about rogue traders or doorstep callers should call 101.

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