Trading Standards has advised that rogue traders could use the unusually stormy weather as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property or garden – such as repairing loose roof tiles or removing damaged trees.
The advice of Trading Standards is NOT to buy goods or services from a cold caller on your doorstep, even if they try and frighten you that the work needs doing immediately.
If you do need work carried out around your home or garden, Trading Standards operates an approved trader scheme.
There is also the Government backed Trust Mark scheme; And it’s always worth checking with your house insurance company first, as in some policies there is emergency assistance support already included.
If people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, they should contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) number 0345 23 07 702.
And if you believe a crime is in progress, please dial 999. Remember, IF YOU’RE NOT SURE DON’T OPEN THE DOOR.
For information about Buy With Confidence, the Trading Standards approved trader scheme please go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders or telephone 0300 126 1000.
For information about the Government-backed Trust Mark scheme, go to https://www.trustmark.org.uk/find-a-tradesman.