If you’re unsure, close the door Date published: 1st October 2015 6.59am

“If you’re unsure just close the door,” is the stance when cold callers knock on your door.

On 1 October, Cheshire Police will be working with the four local authorities and Trading Standards to raise awareness of rogue traders, whilst holding a day of action to reprimand those who commit doorstep crime in Cheshire.

Residents are urged to be alert to this type of crime, which includes those who go door to door offering unnecessary, overpriced substandard gardening or maintenance work.

The offenders often travel large distances in order to commit crime and evidence suggests that there are links between rogue traders and those who commit distraction burglaries.

Inspector Ian Stead said, “Many door to door sellers are genuine, however, it is important that residents check the identity of cold callers, and do not allow themselves to be pressurised into any sales they’re unsure about.

“Doorstep crime can have a devastating impact on victims both financially and emotionally. I want to reiterate that Cheshire Police do not tolerate this type of crime and we’re here for our communities when and where you need us.”

Tips to avoid doorstep crime include

• Always check the identity of the doorstep caller by telephoning the company they are claiming to be from. Use the telephone listed in your local phonebook or off the company website. Do not use a number the caller gives you.
• Check whether traders are members of the Local Authority Assured Trader Schemes or the Government Trust Mark Scheme.
• Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or a friend who can help you find a reputable trader.
• Don’t agree to anything on the spot, or sign anything. Do not feel pressured into having work carried out
• Never pay cash upfront and don’t ever go to the bank or cashpoint with a trader

Anyone with information about rogue traders is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or 999 if there is a crime in progress. Alternatively information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.