There are many forms of doorstep crime, the main types being:
- distraction burglary
- bogus callers / bogus officials
- high pressure doorstep selling and
- rogue traders.
Doorstep crime can affect anyone but often older and vulnerable adults are more at risk from becoming victims of bogus cold calling and rogue doorstep sellers.
Some traders who call at your door can be honest and genuine. However, some are not and can be extremely persuasive.
Rogue doorstep sellers will usually insist on starting the work the same day and will often ask for cash up front. They may offer to take you to the bank or building society so you can get the money out.
Always be wary of leaflets posted through your door offering services, this can be just another way the unscrupulous trader will attempt to persuade you to have work done.
If you feel you have been a victim of Doorstep Crime please call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.
If you require a tradesperson, please see Business Approval Register