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Distraction burglary warning for Bassetlaw residents

14 November 2012

Older people in the Bassetlaw area being warned about cold callers who claim to be an approved trader from the Nottinghamshire County Council's Handy Person Adaptation Scheme (HPAS).

The Council has received a report of a distraction burglary in the Retford area involving a doorstep trader who claimed to be approved as part of the HPAS scheme.

The service provides the help and support people need to keep safe and secure in their home with low cost but high quality essential adaptations and small practical jobs.

It is available to Nottinghamshire residents aged 60 or over, or who have a disability, and the work is carried out by professional self-employed traders who have been approved by the Council's Trading Standards officers.

Approved traders do not carry out uninvited doorstep enquiries and carry a pass which helps to prove they are an approved trader.

Councillor Mick Murphy, Chairman of the County Council's Community Safety Committee, said: "HPAS approved traders only visit your home if you call them to make an appointment - they do not cold call households.

"Unfortunately, doorstep criminals prey on the vulnerable and our advice on all cold callers is to say no to be on the safe side."

For more information on HPAS scheme contact 0300 500 80 80 or email practicalservices@nottscc.gov.uk.

The Council's Buy with Confidence directory has local 370 traders which have been vetted and approved by local Trading Standards officers. For more information visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or phone Citizen's Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.

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