SOUTH Wales Police officers have been hitting the streets of Penarth, Sully and Dinas Powys recently to raise awareness of rogue traders and doorstep crime.

Officers teamed up with Trading Standards and the Gangmaster Labour Abuse Authority to check on individuals and businesses seen working on properties.

During these checks paperwork is inspected, and residents spoken to about work that has been agreed,

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said on the operation: “We hope this sends a clear message to rogue traders that we will not tolerate vulnerable people being targeted by such scams and doorstep crime.

“Rogue traders will charge for work that is either not needed, not complete, or done to a poor standard.

“Such incidents tend to increase in the warmer weather, with rogue traders offering to tidy up gardens, driveways etc.”

South Wales Police went on to describe the type pf people particularly targeted by rogue traders and the like.

The force spokesperson added: “Rogue traders often target elderly or vulnerable customers and will use forceful tactics and intimidation to secure work.

“People are urged to look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives.

“We are committed to driving such traders out of the Vale.

“Anybody who suspects rogue trading should contact South Wales Police.”

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