On Friday 27th June I attended a conference held in the Council Chambers at Peterborough Town Hall, this was something I had been looking forward to.

What is Door Step Crime?
.Offenders Cold Calling at homes of consumers who are often old or vulnerable.
.Offering property repairs such as roofing,tarmac work,block paving,fascia & soffit installation and gardening work.
.Selling products such as fish,furniture,mobility aids,security systems and energy products.
.offenders are also often associated with distraction burglaries or sneak in thefts and can switch methods depending on the victim and circumstances.

The first speaker was Police Superintendent Tony Ixer, Peterborough area commander who explained the key areas in the local Policing Priorities for 2014-15. Supt Ixer explained that Cambridgeshire police were moving away from performance statistics and becoming focused on protecting the vulnerable. They are working with key partners using an enhanced multi-agency approach to protect the vulnerable and assess the needs of all victims of crime and anti social behaviour. They will then be able to make referrals to enhanced victim support services where required.

Trading Standards gave the next talk and this was a case Study on Operation Magpie. This operation relates to criminals preying on the vulnerable. These individuals target vulnerable members of the community by COLD CALLING on victims. They offer to carryout needless work at extortionate costs, and then return time and again to con the victims out of more of their hard earned savings.Thankfully the group were stopped,sent to prison. 120 victims were identified during the operation, and no doubt there had been many more that will never be identified. At court the offenders were given sentences totaling 27 years, 16 confiscation orders were put in place. It was estimated that they had obtained £770,000. £263,000 which has been recovered and paid to the victims as compensation.
This is a national issue, as these criminals will travel great distances to carryout their crimes. Information and intelligence about these people is required by the police and trading standards.Little pieces of information can make up a bigger picture when put together. This can be done by contacting
Citizens Advice Consumer Services 03454 0405056.
Telephone and computer crime or CYBER crime as its know was also mentioned. I like many others have been contacted by individuals selling things such as solar panels,PPI,insurance claims for events that haven’t happened and people posing as police officers, to name a few. These scams can be reported to the police or Action on fraud telephone 0300 1232040.
Eileen Le Voi spoke about Safe Local Trades. As in all lines of business there are good and bad, so when you need work to be done and friends or family are unable to help then using Safe Local Trades is away of contacting reputable tradespeople that have been vetted by the scheme. telephone 0800 014 1832 or visit http://www.safelocaltrades.com.

It was a very interesting morning, with people committed reducing the number of victims of these types of crimes.

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