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Trading Standards has been informed of an incident in the Melton Mowbray area concerning rogue traders. The following article has been posted on our Facebook page. Please feel free to distribute as appropriate and for your ease the text is below the article should you wish to copy and paste.
The post can be found at https://www.facebook.com/leicstradingstandards/posts/875514183204958 and an email containing the same warning has also been distributed to all of the elected members. More »
Scam alert - rogue traders in Melton
Trading Standards has received reports of rogue traders in the Melton Mowbray area of the county. Individuals have been leafleting and cold calling residents using aggressive practices requesting they sign paperwork for gardening work.
The traders are advising that there is a special offer of 25% discount for the elderly and for replying to the leaflet drop within 24 hours. They are then telling consumers that they must pay at least 25% regardless of any work being done and would return for the money. These individuals are entering people's houses and pressurising consumers making them feel very intimidated and scared.
The work is often substandard, overpriced or the cost inflates after the trader has started. The advice is not to open the door or to engage in any conversation.
For emergencies please call 999. For further free advice and guidance or to report a matter, please contact 08080 223 1133 » Less
Posted: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 18:09 by Victoria Webster
We want to tell you about our new PROTECT YOUR CAR campaign
Car crime is a real problem in the UK. Alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes.(1) With Covid-19 and the recent lockdowns, many people aren't driving or checking on their cars as much as they used to. At Neighbourhood Watch, we need your help to remind car owners to remain vigilant about where and how they park their cars, in order to keep them safe. More »
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, says
"Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked. There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves if left unattended after a period of time. This isn't always correct. Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it. This is also incorrect – both new and old cars are at risk. Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people's livelihoods. The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate3 we're reminding everyone to leave your car locked, lit and empty."
Remember - Leave your car:
- Locked (2) A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. Leave your car locked video.
- Lit (2) 80 of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. Leave your car lit video.
- Empty (or with no items on show) Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself. Leave your car empty video.
John Hayward-Cripps continues
"Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. We want to instil the habit of double-checking where and how you've parked with our three simple steps: leave it locked, lit and empty. As a local charity with a trusted voice in the community, we're asking everyone to proactively support their neighbours and friends by sharing our three steps with three others. By spreading the word, we're confident we can crack down on car crime which can be deeply distressing and debilitating for its victims."
How to support our campaign:
LEARN: Visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourcar for top tips and advice on keeping your vehicle safe.
SHARE: Forward this email to your friends and family, or download this image and share it on WhatsApp with the following message 'Car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes. The vast majority of car crimes happen through unlocked cars, parked in badly lit areas and where there are visible items to steal. Remember these simple steps to keep your car safe… leave it locked, lit and empty. For more top tops visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourcar
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Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 18:02 by Victoria Webster
We are aware of a number of incidents in recent weeks, across Leicestershire, where dogs have been stolen – or attempts have been made to take a dog from its owner.
We understand the concern that these incidents cause in our neighbourhoods and ask that people remain vigilant and work with us to identify those responsible.
Please find the attached document for more information with Crime Prevention Advice. More »
We would like to hear from you if you see or notice anyone acting in a suspicious manner. If you have any information please contact us. This includes any adverts for dogs for sale where details about the dogs are limited. If you are buying a dog please be conscious of its physical condition and if there is anything that doesn't seem right please let us know by calling 101 or you can pass on information to Crimestoppers which is anonymous on 0800 555 111.
You can also visit https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/.
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Katrina Hallmark (Police, PCSO, Charnwood) » Less
Posted: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 18:05 by Victoria Webster