LOCAL residents have been encouraged to utilise the Angus Reputable Trader Scheme as the seasonal trend in bogus callers and doorstep crime has once again been noted.
Speaking at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council, Tayside Police community liaison officer Constable Ally Smith told members unscrupulous individuals often prey on elderly or vulnerable people, offering to carry out gardening work, tarmaccing, drainage work, insulation etc. at what is sometimes a highly inflated cost. The work is often poor quality and is sometimes left unfinished.
Angus Council Trading Standards, in partnership with Tayside Police and the Federation of Small Businesses, have a scheme - The Angus Reputable Trader Scheme - which has been set up to establish the highest standard of commercial behaviour by businesses in Angus.
Constable Smith said: “Angus Council will only let traders who have been vetted onto the list. The Trading Standards Service will only visit business premises to check they are who they say they are. The Trading Standards database will be checked for any complaints made against the applicant business. Businesses voluntarily sign up to a code of practice which ensures they operate their business in a fair and honest manner and comply with legislation.
“Angus residents who require work carried out are encouraged to call 01241 435600 for more information.”