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Action against rogue traders

Rogue traders were targeted in a national day of action on 30 June. 

A multi-agency campaign to warn people about the dangers of rogue trading and doorstop crime has seen nearly 1,500 police officers, trading standards officers and members of government agencies join forces. The day of action forms part of a week of activities that highlight the dangers of allowing strangers into homes and consenting to have work carried out by cold callers, the name given to people who visit addresses without prior notice.

Last year’s Rogue Trader operation saw nearly 200 people arrested, £200,000 worth of property recovered, 1800 companies checked and over 10,500 vehicles inspected.

TSI's chief executive Ron Gainsford said: 'Tackling rogue traders is a big priority for trading standards and at TSI we have a very strong policy of No means No; residents' wishes against cold calling should be respected whether they live in a No Cold Calling Zone, or whether they just have a sign on their home clearly stating they don’t want to be cold called.'

People should report cases of rogue traders or uninvited doorstep callers to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

30 June 2010