Trading Standards – Doorstep Crime

Trading Standards are reminding residents to be on the lookout for doorstep traders. Whilst these seem to be more prevalent during the spring and summer months we have been made aware that there are traders currently on the Island and trying to take advantage of our older and more vulnerable residents.

Please remember: –

  • NEVER trade on the doorstep – your home is your castle and you do not have to allow anyone into it
  • This can include, but not limited traders trying to force you to get work carried out on your property such as roofing, gardening, drives, tree/hedge cutting but also callers who are trying to sign you up to cheaper/better energy deals
  • If you think you need work doing on your property get quotes from reliable traders either by recommendations from friends or family or from the Isle of Wight Council Trader Approval Scheme
  • No cold calling stickers can be obtained from trading.standards@iow.gov.uk

If a trader is getting forceful and refusing to leave – you can call the police on 101 or Trading Standards in office hours on 823000 option1