National statistics indicate that less than 10% of crimes which take place on a victim’s doorstep (i.e cold calling) are ever reported. Why is this?
A survey in 2013 estimated that 17,000 reports of doorstep crime are made annually to Trading Standards services across England and Wales. However, this is is just a drop in the ocean. It is thought that between 90% to 95% are NEVER reported. This means as many as 340,000 cases remain unreported, the victim unprotected and the criminal unpunished.
Why do so many people continue to be reluctant to report instances of crime? Unfortunately, the demographic most affected by this type of crime are elderly people, often females, living on their own. Victims can be reluctant to come forward to the authorities for any of the following reasons:
– They are too frightened of repercussions from often intimidating and aggressive offenders
– They may be frightened of the court process if they are asked to be a witness
– They may feel that they will lose their idependence and forced to go into residential care if they have been victimised
– They might think that nothing can be done about it anyway or that they will look silly to have been conned
– They may even lack mental capacity to be able to complain or be unable to recall details of the crimes. (In Solihull recently we dealt with a lady who had fairly advanced memory difficulties. She was unable to remember when the crime happened or how much money she actually gave the criminals).
See the full article from Ruth Andrews, head of investigations and safeguarding at North Yorkshire Trading Standards here:
Solihull Trading Standards want to continually reinforce the message that we are here to help. We want victims of these crimes to feel safe in their homes and to prevent similar crimes happening to anyone else. If you suspect rogue trader activity please contact us on 03454 04 05 06 or the Police on either 101 or 999 (depending on the severity of the situation). Let us all work together to stop these insidious criminals.