Stop rogue traders in their tracks

Councillor Helen McKenna.
Councillor Helen McKenna.

A new campaign by Trading Standards to rid Scotland of rogue traders is being supported by North Lanarkshire Council.

It is hoped that the campaign will send out the message that rogue traders are criminals. They delibertely target elderly and vulnerable people, persuading them that they need unnesessary work done to their homes and charge outrageous amounts of money.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “If our officers know about these crimes we can investigate and bring the people responsible to justice. Often victimes don’t report the incidents because they may be embartrassed or not know who to contact.”

People who are suspicious of anyuone who calls at their home or are worried about work done, should contact Trading Standards on 01236 856361.

At the launch of the new doorstep campaign, the advice to residents was that victims should not be afraid to come forward and report incidents. This will not be considered as wasting anyone’s time.