Scheme to pro­tect res­i­dents against doorstep con­men

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

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.

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