In her role as the Government’s Consumer Affairs Minister, local MP Jo Swinson paid a visit to Bearsden Dementia Resource Centre to back a campaign against rogue traders.
As part of National Consumer Week 2014, Jo is supporting the Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders initiative to encourage neighbours, family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities.
At the Centre, Jo met local resident Catherine Anderton, whose elderly mother was relentlessly targeted by rogue traders. Jo listened to Ms Anderton’s experience of the impact doorstep crime had on her mother’s life and is keen to raise awareness of the issue to help prevent people falling victim to this type of crime in the future.
“Rogue traders are callous criminals who prey upon the vulnerable. Knocking on doors to offer rip-off services, or to steal from households, rogue traders are a menace to neighbourhoods up and down the country. That is why I am backing this campaign for National Consumer Week 2014.
“I was very saddened to hear of the impact rogue trading had on Ms Anderton’s mother, and I urge people, in the first instance, to reach out to neighbours who they feel are being targeted by doorstep crime. Anyone suspicious about these activities in our communities should not hesitate to contact the police.
“Last year East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards team successfully trialled trueCall – a service which blocks unwanted phone calls. This is especially helpful for older or vulnerable residents who might be targeted by nuisance marketing calls. If you know someone who could be helped by this service then please get in touch with Trading Standards on 0141 578 8813 for further information.”