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BE AWARE: New partnership scheme to tackle rogue trading in Dacorum

 Published on: 7th April 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Dacorum police, in partnership with Hertfordshire Trading Standards have launched a new initiative aimed at protecting vulnerable residents from rogue traders and distraction burglars on March 25.

Under the tactical name of Operation Watchman, police and Trading Standards will respond to calls from members of the public who observe any form of work taking place at the home of someone who is elderly or vulnerable.

Checks will then be made to ensure that the work is done by legitimate tradespeople, who are complying with the law. 

Rogue traders can face the possibility of arrest, prosecution and having their vehicles and other assets seized.

As part of this initiative, a campaign named ‘Love Your Neighbour’ is also being launched, which aims to have members of the public play their role in making this scheme work.

If you see any work taking place at the home of someone who is elderly or vulnerable please call Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101 to report it, quoting ‘Operation Watchman’.

This can include building work or repairs being carried out to roofs, new driveways being laid, tree surgery or gardening. 

Dacorum Chief Inspector Craig Flint said: “Whilst the police response to rogue trading has been enhanced over recent years, there is opportunity to further improve on this good work and to work more closely with Trading Standards and other enforcement bodies.

“By launching this new initiative, which is thought to be a national first, we are aiming to make Dacorum a ‘no go’ area for rogue traders.”

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