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No Rogue Trader Zones come to Binley Woods

‘No Rogue Trader Zones’ are coming to Binley Woods under a scheme operated by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service and supported by Warwickshire Police.

The new ‘No Rogue Trader Zone’ will be launched in Binley Woods on Tuesday 29th April. 368 properties located in nine roads in ‘hot spot’ areas across the village will form the new ‘No Rogue Trader Zone’. 

Police intelligence revealed that there had been 52 incidents of bogus callers over a two year period. 

‘Hot spots’ were identified and 368 householders were surveyed. Responses to the survey revealed that 85% of residents reported people knocking on their doors in the last year asking them to buy something or offering to do work for them. Three-quarters considered doorstep callers to be a nuisance and 68% felt wary of unknown callers at the door. 17% said they felt vulnerable in such situations.

Householders reported that the majority of services they were offered on the doorstep were those typically offered by rogue traders. These included tree cutting, gardening, block paving and tarmacing, drive cleaning, roofing repairs, roof cleaning and sealing, guttering and window replacement.  Some respondents also said they had had visits from people claiming to be “ex-offenders”, “ex-prisoners”, and “unemployed” people selling a variety of household goods door to door. 

Respondents described these callers behaviour as being aggressive, intimidating, persistent and intrusive.

Each property in the new ‘No Rogue Trader Zone’ will be issued with a ‘No Rogue Trader’ door/window sticker and information booklet following the theme of staying safe from cowboy traders. Street signage will reinforce the ‘No Rogue Trader’ message and act as a warning to rogue traders that they will be reported if they attempt to trade in the area.

Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: 

“The local community in Binley Woods raised their concerns about doorstep crime and I am delighted that these ‘hot spot’ areas will now be able to benefit from this initiative.”

“No Rogue Trader Zones seek to protect the most vulnerable and elderly people in our community and stop rogue traders and bogus callers who seek to intimidate, con and scare people for their own monetary gains.”

“Across Warwickshire, No Rogue Trader Zones have proved that they reduce visits from doorstep rogue traders and other bogus callers.”

“I am delighted that we are able to extend this initiative to areas of Binley Woods.”

Paul Salisbury Chair - Binley Woods Parish Council, added:

“Binley Woods Parish Council has been pushing to become a No Rogue Trader Zone for some time now, and residents are looking forward to the implementation of the scheme.” 

“There are many traders knocking doors at all sorts of hours, especially inconvenient times, to push their products. Many of these products are not required but the approach and attitude of the traders is abusive and sometimes, threatening. The scheme will take a big step forward in removing the obtrusive actions of these people towards residents.”

“I don't know any resident who sits at home waiting for a double glazing salesman, a tree specialist or even an ex offender to visit. This day and age, the yellow pages or the internet is a far better option.”

“Binley Woods residents are looking forward to working with Warwickshire County Council's Trading Standards to stop all cold calling by these Bogus Callers / Traders'.”

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Rapid Response Team via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06. 

Trading Standards Officers will reply either in person or by phone to a report of a suspicious caller in the area.

Warwickshire Police Officer, Kenneth Wyer added 

"Rogue traders call at your door and offer to do work on your home or garden that will be either unnecessary or vastly over-priced. They have no formal training to carry out the work. Some have links with distraction burglars. Don't ever go to a bank or cash point with the trader; legitimate traders would never do this and never allow anyone to pressure you into agreeing to have work carried out. If you ask them to leave and they don't, call the police on 999 or 101."

"If you do think your property needs some work, talk to a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader."

"Never agree to any work or sign anything on the spot and if you are not sure, don't open the door!"

-ENDS-

Note to Editors

For further information please contact:

Simon Cripwell, Trading Standards Officer 01926 414039 or 07771 975570

The nine roads/closes are: Woodlands Road; Heather Road; Ferndale Road; Coombe Drive; Daneswood Road; Friars Close; Rowan Close; Ashdale Close, and Spinney Close. 

DATE: 28 April 2014