Police will be giving out advice on how to prevent doorstep crime when they meet shoppers at Asda next month.
PC Jane Bettles and PCSO Kev Lumbis, together with staff from Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards, will be holding a rogue trader roadshow at Asda in Washbrook Lane, Rushden, to raise awareness of doorstep crime and help reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
The aim of our roadshow is to talk to people about the steps they can take to avoid becoming a victim of doorstep crimePC Jane Bettles
Doorstep crime can take two forms: it can be distraction burglary, where ‘bogus callers’ call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal money and other valuables, or rogue doorstep traders, who will use a trade as a means to extract large sums of money from people.
These traders may offer services such as driveway re-surfacing, roofing, gardening, they may tell you that your house needs urgent work, or they may be selling goods and will often give a very low quote that will increase when work begins.
The victims are often elderly or particularly vulnerable.
Jane said: “The aim of our roadshow is to talk to people about the steps they can take to avoid becoming a victim of doorstep crime, what to look for and how these people behave.
“It is also important to pass this advice on to family, friends and neighbours who may be more at risk from this type of crime.
“Please come along on June 2 and have a chat with us about what steps you can take to protect yourself against doorstep crime.”
The roadshow will take place between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesday, June 2.
For more information about preventing doorstep crime, visit www.northants.police.uk/lookout.
For help finding a reliable, local trader, check out Trading Standard’s ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders.