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Rooting Out Rogue Traders In Dorset

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1:05pm 25th April 2013

Tradesmen and doorstep salespersons visiting or working at homes across Dorset have been stopped and questioned in a nationwide bid to route out rogue traders.

Yesterday Safer Neighbourhood Teams worked with Trading Standards Officers  across the county.

The day of action  was part of a week of activities led by Operation Liberal, the national intelligence unit for distraction burglary and associated travelling criminality, and Trading standards.

Dorset Police say if you receive an unexpected call at your door from someone offering to do work, please follow this advice:

Always remember to put the chain ont he door before opening it.

Do not phone any telephone number provided by the caller, it could be bogus.

Always check the caller's identity by phoning the number in the telephone book, shut the door and get them to wait outside. A genuine caller will be happy to wait.

Never agree to any work offered on the doorstep, no matter how urgent the caller says it is.

Always get three quotes for work and if possible get recommendations from family and friends.

Never pay cash up front.

A trader must provide you with cancellation rights in writing.

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