Sefton Council Trading Standards is backing this year’s National Consumer Week which sets out to tackle doorstep crime.

The annual initiative runs from November 3-7 and this year focuses on preventing doorstep crime by encouraging neighbours, family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities.

A campaign called the ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’ is being launched and Sefton residents are being asked to get involved.

Despite vast under-reporting of doorstep crime, latest research shows there could be as many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime each year across the country.

Doorstep criminals exploit vulnerable citizens by convincing them to pay for shoddy or incomplete repair work, charging extortionate fees for their services, or threatening residents who do not comply.

The ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’ campaign is a partnership led by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), Citizens Advice and the National Trading Standards Board and promoted by Sefton Council.

A Sefton Council Trading Standards spokesman said: “Doorstep crime often affects some of the most vulnerable people in our local communities and needs to stop.

“We will always look into complaints about this, but the campaign is an opportunity for people to help each other to increase the prevention of doorstep crime.

“Hopefully the campaign will generate greater awareness of doorstep crime and friends and family can help prevent it happening in the future.”

For more information about National Consumer Week visit:http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/events/events-ncw.cfm

For help and advice on all consumer issues please call Citizens Advice on 0345 404 0506.

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