Crackdown on rogue traders and salesmen

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Rogue traders and pushy doorstep sellers are being targeted in Doncaster as part of a UK-wide crackdown.

The week of activities that started yesterday is being led by police and trading standards and aims to highlight the dangers that consenting to have work carried out by cold callers can bring.

Last year, Consumer Direct received more than 13,000 complaints about uninvited traders.

Mobile and static ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology will be used to identify offenders who will then be driven them to stop-check sites in Doncaster.

The operation will also target distraction burglars, metal thieves, and those who commit vehicle crime. Police are hoping to drive criminals who use the borough’s road network to commit their crimes off the streets.

Det Chf Insp Sean Middleton, said: “Door-to-door crime has a massive impact on the lives of local residents and the livelihoods of local businesses and legitimate traders. All too often, it’s elderly or vulnerable people who fall victim to doorstep crime and this can’t be allowed to happen.

“The action you can take is simple and could save a lot of financial and emotional difficulty – if you’re not sure, don’t open the door. You might be wise but we want to make sure that your parents, grandparents and other friends or relatives are wise too.”

Report cases of rogue traders or uninvited doorstep callers to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.