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Merseyside Police has teamed up with partners to take part in a national day of action to tackle rogue traders and distraction burglaries.

Rogue traders, often target vulnerable or elderly members of our community, by cold calling at their addresses, offering to carry out unnecessary work such as gardening or roofing or overcharging for unsatisfactory services or goods.

Rogue traders are often closely linked with the activities of distraction burglars – people who try to gain entry into homes to steal and who often pretend to be an official or a representative from a water / electricity company or even a police officer.

On Wednesday. 9 April, officers across the force, working in partnership with Trading Standards and other partners, carried out a number of activities in Merseyside to catch those responsible for this type of crime and offer reassurance to local residents.

Officers carried out roadside checks, in every area of Merseyside – stopping commercial vehicles travelling on our road network.

John McHale, of Liverpool Trading Standards said: “Sadly, bogus callers target vulnerable people in our communities and abuse their trust, as not everyone has the confidence to deal robustly with callers at their door. Rogue trader days sends a clear message that our community is standing together to tackle this type of criminality.”

Officers have also been out and about all over Merseyside, offering advice and delivering leaflets to residents about keeping their homes and belongings safe and also advice about people who cold call at residents’ homes. PCSOs have been in supermarkets and on public trans– offering crime prevention and security advice.

Superintendent Chris Markey said: “Although most people who call at your home are genuine, some are not and these people often prey on the most vulnerable members of society, stripping people of their savings and in some cases getting people into debt for unnecessary work.

“There are some simple steps people can take to help prevent these types of crimes, but I’d also urge residents to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours. If you notice someone suspicious in the area, call the police or contact your local neighbourhood policing team for more advice.”


Officers have also issued crime prevention advice that could help others from becoming victims of such offences:

• Do not open your door if you are unsure of who the caller is – Always make sure visitors to your home are who they say they are by asking to see their identification. Do not let people into your property that you do not know

• Always keep the key chain on the door while talking to the caller and check their identity before letting them into your home. Genuine callers will not mind you doing this

• These types of people may pretend to be an official or may just ask for a drink of water or if they can use the toilet. Remember ‘if in doubt, keep them out’

• Remember to close and lock the back door before answering the front door. Have a viewer or spy hole and a stout door chain fitted to your door

• Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home, put it in the bank where it is safe

• Ensure that if you do let somebody into your home close the door behind them – distraction burglars often work in teams where one will distract you while others sneak in through the insecure door

• If someone asks for your help (i.e. needs to make a telephone call, lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or pen and paper) ask a neighbour for help or assist them through a closed door or call a friend or neighbour to come and help.

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