Lincolnshire Police has teamed up with Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to strengthen the fight against rogue trading in the County.
This week is National Operation Rogue Trader week which combines enforcement action with educating and advising residents on how to protect themselves.
Rogue trading refers to the practice of deliberately overcharging for unsatisfactory goods and / or services. This can include charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately, leaving work unfinished and intimidating behaviour in order to extort money.
Police Officers together with staff from Trading Standards and HMRC will be combing the County this week in order to seek out rogue traders operating locally. The two joint agency teams are covering the East and West of the County and have been conducting enquiries, responding to reports of potential rogue trading and raising awareness of this area of criminality. Their patrols will continue for until Friday so Police are urging people to report any suspicious activity so the teams can attend and investigate.
aroline Broughton, Community Safety Sgt for Lincolnshire Police is pleased to support Operation Rogue Trader Week. She said:
“It’s our duty to protect communities from rogue traders and we do this with your help. If you have suspicions about anyone living or working in your neighborhood, now is the time to call us. We have dedicated resources on standby and ready to act so your call could really make a difference. It might be that you receive a knock on your door and you are suspicious of the service that the caller is offering you. You might be wise enough not to be conned into anything but it could be that your call saves your trusting and vulnerable neighbour from becoming a victim.”
“Rogue traders resort to some very underhand tactics. For example if a resident says they don’t have the cash to pay their exorbitant rates, they offer to take the resident to a cash point. Imagine your elderly relative in this situation. It’s really sickening. Please call 101 with any information you have so we can task our teams to investigate.”