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10 January 2014, 13:18
We are being warned not to be the victims of two disasters this year and be on our guard if we need repair work carried out after recent storms and floods in Devon.
The Council's Trading Standards Service is warning people to be aware of rogue traders and cowboy builders.
Previous floods and severe weather in the UK have seen rogue traders offering a range of flood and damage recovery services as well as tarmacking, driveway cleaning, roof cleaning, guttering and garden maintenance.
Some simple steps you can take:
Think carefully about allowing works to start within your cooling off period.
And don't forget to look out for vulnerable neighbours and relatives who may be persuaded or pressured into agreeing to work they don?t need.
If you need further pre-shopping advice or wish to report a potential rogue trader please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06.
If you feel under threat by a doorstep trader then call the police.
Further advice CLICK HERE