Protect yourself from rogue traders with expert advice

Colleen Atkins in The Broadway, Bedford. PNL-140809-153712001
Colleen Atkins in The Broadway, Bedford. PNL-140809-153712001

Learn how to beat rogue traders in Bedford by taking advice from council experts.

Bedford Borough is hosting a two-day “Rogue Trader Prevention Surgery” in Midland Road today and tomorrow (April 13 and 14) outside Next.

Officers from the council’s Regulatory Services team will be on hand at the surgeries to talk to people face-to-face about any concerns they may have and respond to questions.

Anyone can drop-in from 11am to 1pm to receive information and advice to protect themselves, their friends and their family from becoming victims of scams.

Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services Cllr Colleen Atkins said: “Rogue traders usually target vulnerable members of our community in an attempt to try and scam them to gain money and belongings by deception.

“I would urge anybody with concerns, or who requires advice, to use the drop-in sessions to ask questions and feel more empowered and secure in their homes. Being a victim can have long-lasting effect and we want to help prevent that.”

Doorstep rogue traders often pretend to be builders, gardeners or handymen offering to carry out work or ‘urgent’ repairs to your house or garden.

The work is often poor, unnecessary and the price quoted can increase rapidly.

The best advice is not to deal with anyone on your doorstep who turns up uninvited.

For advice on possible Rogue Traders, or related scams, please call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or Contact Regulatory Services at Bedford Borough Council on 01234 718099.