To further support the prevention of crime in our communities, we have been working with North Lincolnshire council and launched Trade Watch to help stop residents in rural areas being a target of crime.
The voluntary scheme has been created following reports of door step crime across the county.
It will enable residents to feel safe in their community and send out a clear message that rogue traders and criminal activity will not be accepted.
As part of the scheme, residents will agree not to commit to any work offered on the doorstep and report any suspicious companies or activities to the police.
Residents in rural areas can sign up to the scheme, once they do, they will receive a Trade Watch window sticker and supporting information.
Where full streets or villages take part in the scheme, street signs are available for them to display.
Living in a Trade Watch area will reduce the risk of being approached or becoming a victim of door step crime.
To find out more about Trade Watch, contact the council’s Safer Neighbourhoods team on 01724 244665 or email.
Please be vigilant and if you see anything suspicious or experience any doorstep crime yourself or you have concerns for a neighbour or friend/ family member then please ring 101 or 999 if it is a crime in progress.
If you need any help or support from your local Neighbourhood team then please get in touch.
Safer Neighbourhoods will be revitalising the Trade Watch campaign in the spring, working alongside Humberside Police. There will be information packs distributed out to the community.