Scheme to protect residents against doorstep conmen
ROGUE traders are being targeted by police in a bid to prevent householders falling victim to conmen or suffering shoddy workmanship.
Lincolnshire Trading Standards has combined resources with Age UK and the Home Improvement Agency (HIA) to create a database of vetted traders, from plumbers and builders to chiropodists and hairdressers.
Supported by Lincolnshire Police, the scheme is aimed at increasing consumer confidence, promoting good practice within local businesses and helping to safeguard against doorstep crime.
Graham Penn, Doorstep Crime Initiative Co-ordinator for Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: “Our involvement will be to support businesses, advise on legislation and oversee any complaints directed at traders within the scheme. We can also vet new applicants”.
The firms who carry out the work will be able to set their own prices and the customer will be responsible for paying the company directly.
Standards of work will be monitored by HIA and Age UK.
Any contractors not providing value for money could be removed from the list.
Freeman, Community Safety and Crime Reduction Manager for Lincolnshire Police, said: “The Approved Trader Scheme will allow people to make confident choices and feel safe within their own homes.
“Falling foul to a rogue trader can have lasting and detrimental effects on anyone, but the implementation of this scheme should contribute towards reassuring members of the public that there are legitimate traders out there that are honest and trustworthy”.
Further information about the scheme can be obtained from 01522 782341.
TribuTES: Fred Meace MBE.