A CRACKDOWN on rogue traders has been taking place across Bracknell and Wokingham.

Officers from the neighbourhood policing teams and Trading Standards conducted joint patrols to root out underhand activity and raise community awareness.

Teams visited residents who had previously been targeted and were at risk of repeat door step crime.

They also checked on trade vehicles to make sure working practices were up to scratch and licenses were up to date.

The Bracknell and Wokingham Cadets chipped in, visiting residents across the area to provide crime prevention advice.

Rogue traders take advantage of householders by using high pressure sales techniques and delivering sub-standard results, or not doing work at all.

Inspector Helen Kenny, based at Bracknell police station, said: “Rogue traders are criminals who target the most vulnerable people in our society. It’s really important that we work with the community to raise awareness of this type of crime.

“You should never feel pressurised to buy a product or service from someone and you should never feel embarrassed to say no.

“If someone calls at your door claiming to be from a company, ask to see their ID and check it carefully - genuine callers will not mind you doing this.

“Never buy goods or services from people calling unexpectedly at your house. Take advice from friends and family members and if you do decide to go ahead with work always get at least three quotes from reputable companies.

“We’re here to help so if you do notice anything suspicious in your area or have any concerns then please contact your local neighbourhood team or call us via the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

“Finally please take a moment to share our crime prevention messages with any vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours.”

For more information on Operation Rogue Trader 2017 please see the Trading Standards website.