Operation to tackle rogue traders

Date: Monday 8th May 2017

ROGUE traders posing as officials or people in distress are being targeted during a national campaign week.

Operation Rogue Trader, which is now in its 12th year, saw nearly 300 people arrested, almost £3 million worth of property recovered and over 5,000 vehicles inspected in 2016.

Cumbria police is supporting the campaign and will be working with other forces and agencies to target those responsible.

Crime prevention officer Claire Stevens said: "Not all burglars seek to break into your home while you're away or asleep. Some burglars are actually invited inside.

"Distraction burglaries usually take place when someone comes to your door posing as an official or asking for your help with something. They make up a story looking to get inside the home.

"These unscrupulous offenders usually target the most vulnerable people — often the elderly. So please speak to family members and keep a look out for your neighbours to help ensure they do not fall victim."

In order to minimalise the risk of falling prey to distraction burglars, the public are being reminded to keep doors locked, look for obvious identification on the caller and put the door chain or bar on while talking to the visitor.

If you think a bogus caller or distraction burglar has been in your home, call 999 immediately.