Police join doorstep crime operation

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More than 200 bogus burglary offences were reported to police in the last 12 months.

From April 1, 2012, to March 31 this year West Yorkshire Police recorded 202 bogus burglary offences. That figure is nearly half that of the previous 12-months, when 392 crimes were committed, a 48 per cent decrease.

West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Trading Standards are urging people to close the door on distraction burglary, bogus callers and doorstep crime once and for all as they lend their support to Operation Rogue Trader.

Chris Joyce, force crime prevention officer, said they were pleased with the reductions. “However, it is crucial that we continue to work with colleagues in partner agencies and directly with the communities that may be affected by doorstep crime until these cynical offences are reduced further and prevented from happening in the first place.”

Since April 1 this year the Citizens Advice Consumer Service has received 141 complaints from West Yorkshire residents in relation to doorstep callers. In the same period last year there were 161. Most complained about are home improvement and repair calls such as double glazing traders, energy improvement suppliers, roofing, driveway and gardening services providers.

Graham Hebblethwaite of West Yorkshire Trading Standards added: “West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Trading Standards are keen to work in partnership to tackle doorstep crime and itinerant traders who target the elderly on their doorstep. I would ask neighbours of older residents to be on the look out and report any suspicious trading activities to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.”