Today is the start of National Consumer Week which is focusing on ‘doorstep crime’. Despite vast under-reporting of such crime, latest research indicates that there could be as many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime each year. Doorstep criminals exploit vulnerable people by persuading them to pay for poor or incomplete repair work, charging extortionate fees for their services and sometimes using threats against those who don’t comply. The ‘Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders’ campaign focuses on preventing doorstep crime by encouraging neighbours, family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities. The campaign is led by the Trading Standards Institute, Citizens Advice and the National Trading Standards Board. For more information please visit PLEASE TREAT COLD CALLERS AT YOUR DOOR WITH CAUTION. IF YOU NEED ANY WORK DOING IT IS BEST TO USE SOMEONE WHO IS REPUTABLE AND HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED BY A PERSON YOU TRUST. ROGUE TRADERS WILL ‘RIP YOU OFF’ IF YOU GIVE THEM A CHANCE