Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Good neighbours stop rogue traders


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Can you help stop doorstep criminals in their tracks?

Talk to your neighbour if you suspect they are being conned.

The information below may help you spot the signs and get involved to stop rogue traders.


Signs of a rogue trader:


  • Traders have been cold calling in the area

  • A builder's van is parked nearby, particularly one that doesn't include a company name or contact details

  • Building or maintenance work on your neighbour's garden or house starts unexpectedly

  • Poor quality work is visible on the roof, driveway, or property

  • Your neighbour appears anxious or distressed

  • Your neighbour visits the bank, building society, or post office more frequently, particularly if they are accompanied by a trader


    What can I do?


  • Ask your neighbour in private -- in person or on the phone - if things are OK

  • If they are displeased, suggest calling a relative or carer on their behalf

  • Note any vehicle registration numbers, but make sure you don’t put yourself at risk trying to obtain such information!

  • Keep hold of any flyers you have received through your door

  • Ask if the trader has left any paperwork and put it in a clean food bag

  • For advice call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

  • If the situation with the trader becomes volatile, call the Police.