- In our video, reporter Laura Connor joins Ripon police’s community support officer Daniel Arthur and Sgt Andrew Tiffany during a doorstep crime crackdown raid.
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of rogue trading in Ripon as police launched a multi-agency crackdown on doorstep crime.
The men, aged 20, 29 and 35, were arrested on Monday, April 22, on suspicion of offences linked to work being carried out on homes in the city.
Police fear some of the most vulnerable people in the community are being targeted by rogue traders and pushy doorstop sellers, and have now highlighted the issue as a top priority.
Temporary Det Supt Steve Smith of North Yorkshire Police (NYP) said: “Rogue traders and bogus callers pose a threat to communities in how they prey on the elderly and vulnerable assuming they will not be challenged.
“We are aware of the devastating effect this type of crime has on its victims and as such NYP treat it as a top priority.”
NYP joined forces with colleagues from across the UK to launch a week of action against doorstep crime, from Monday, April 22 until tomorrow (Friday).
The action plan has been spearheaded by Operation Liberal – the national intelligence unit for distraction burglary and associated travelling crime – and Trading Standards.
The week of action follows a successful financial investigation by North Yorkshire Trading Standards in which a gang of six rogue traders were ordered to repay a total of £413,948 after conning elderly residents across the country out of £1m.
Ruth Andrews, head of fraud and financial investigations at North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards, said: “Our activities this week once again demonstrate our commitment to working with partners to ensure doorstep offenders are fully aware that their behaviour will not be tolerated in North Yorkshire and that we will use all available enforcement tools to deal with their offending.”
She added: “Invariably, the victims of these crimes are very elderly and many have dementia and we know that these offenders actively target such victims, often repeatedly.”
If you think a rogue trader is at your door, call 999. You can report doorstep callers to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.