We can beat cruel rogue traders

Det. Chief Inspector Steve Pont, Chesterfield Police.
Det. Chief Inspector Steve Pont, Chesterfield Police.
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DETECTIVES are warning of a sudden rise in rogue traders preying on elderly and vulnerable people across the north east Derbyshire area.

For more on this story, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.

Ten police tips to avoid doorstep cons

-DON’T let anybody in unless you’re sure who they are

-ASK for official identification and call any company listed to check out the person

-IF still unsure – don’t let them in

-DON’T feel pressured into getting work done on the spur of the moment

-GET quotes from different traders and seek satisfied customers instead

-CONSULT trusted family, friends or traders to see if work is actually required

-NEVER give out money upfront

-CALL police on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have a suspicious caller

-DO not go to the bank with any strangers

-BE vigilant and look out for suspicious people in the area or in nearby vehicles