Residents of Bulwell Forest have been warned that rogue traders are on the loose after a spate of doorstep crimes.
Now the area’s two Nottingham city councillors, Alan Clark and Eunice Campbell, are leading the fight to protect vulnerable victims.
“Eunice and I attended a briefing by the city’s trading standards officers, who explained that rogue traders are targeting Bulwell Forest,” said Coun Clark. “They prey on vulnerable residents in our community by cold-calling and by selling over-priced, shoddy services. And they don’t look like rogues!
“Typical services that are sold on the doorstep include guttering and roofing, paving, gardening and tree-pruning. They will often ‘piggy-back’ on legitimate operators in the area, such as council road-resurfacers, and claim that they’ve just a bit of Tarmac left over!
“One local problem that they latch on to is the dreaded scourge of chafer-grubs in lawns. This is solved by a powerful chemical and watering, not by the rogue traders’ suggestion of taking away your soil and replacing it.”
Coun Clark also warns that information given on the doorstep by the traders might not be accurate, even if it looks “officially printed”.
Tell-tale signs of rogue traders include asking for money, or a deposit, up front to buy materials, says the city council.
Also, they rarely give guarantees, warranties or cancellation notices, and they often use unmarked vans.
If you suspect that a rogue trader has knocked on your door, insist on checking their identification, do not be rushed into making a decision and never hand over money before work is started.
If you still have concerns, ask them to leave and ring trading standards officers on 0345 4040506, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. In extreme cases, ring the police.