A CRACKDOWN on rogue traders took place last week as Solihull Council warned that their antics will not be tolerated.
Working together with West Midlands Police and Consumer Direct, the council took to the streets to stop them in their tracks.
Trading standards and environmental protection officers used their powers to protect the public from rogue traders by patrolling areas throughout the borough and carrying out spot checks on doorstep traders and those carrying waste material.
Cabinet member for safer communities, Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, said: “Rogue traders often intimidate, scare and con the most vulnerable people in our community and we want to get the message across clearly that this will not be tolerated in Solihull.
“Our officers are continuously responding to intelligence to build up a picture of who and where these traders are operating and we urge residents, if they suspect a rogue trader, to report it.”
In total the teams stopped 28 traders either on the doorstep or in vehicles and gave advice to a number of people who were having work done on their property.
The aim of the day was to identify any traders with a history of burglary or bogus building activity, to check that residents were happy with work being carried out at their property and to ensure that legitimate business had taken place.
The operation formed part of a wider regional day of action named Operation Rogue Trader, in which 14 other councils also took part.
This June is Rogue Trader Awareness Month and the council will be continuing their work to highlight the problem.