PCC Sue Mountstevens with members of the St Mary Magdalene Church luncheon club
It’s your doorstep your decision is the key message Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is highlighting to residents as part of National Rogue Trader Week.
The PCC is encouraging people that have been or think they have been victim of rogue traders or distraction burglary to come forward and report the incident to ensure these people are kept out of our communities.
To acknowledge this national week, police services all over the country joined forces with Trading Standards, HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, VOSA, and local businesses. Their aim, to hunt down distraction burglars, catch rogue traders in the act and warn potential victims as well as giving people advice about how to protect themselves.
On Thursday, April 25, the PCC, with the local Neighbourhood Beat Team, attended the St Mary Magdalene Church luncheon club to meet with members of the elderly community and to make them aware of the dangers of ‘cold-callers’ and distraction burglaries.
Speaking to the group Ms Mountstevens said: “Distraction burglaries in Avon and Somerset are rare with only 141 cases reported last year but this is 141 cases too many and the impact on the daily lives of vulnerable victims is potentially huge.
“There is much we can do to prevent people becoming the victims of doorstep crime and working in partnership we are hopefully raising awareness and increasing vigilance within communities.
“If you’re not sure who’s at your door you don’t have to open it, genuine callers will make an appointment or will happily show you their identification on request. Remember it’s your doorstep your decision, don’t let these people bully their way into your home.”
Posted on Friday 26th April 2013