Homes targeted by doorstep callers

Householders in Kirriemuir have been targeted by doorstep callers.
Householders in Kirriemuir have been targeted by doorstep callers.

Local residents are being urged not to employ uninvited doorstep callers after householders in Kirriemuir were approached.

Angus Council’s trading standards team is recommending that if work needs to be done, known and reputable traders should be used.

A council spokeswoman said: “Residents are advised to be wary of any doorstep caller looking to carry out gardening or building work.

“If you do need work on your property or garden it is better to use a reputable local trader, preferably one that has been audited and is part of the Angus Reputable Trader Scheme.

“These callers are unlikely to be known to you and therefore you do not know if they are qualified or knowledgeable about the work to be done.”

Forfar councillor Glennis Middleton, speaking at Forfar Community Council, also recommended that householders stick to known firms.

She said: “The season is upon us when random people start knocking on doors looking for work. If anyone does need work done, please contact Angus Council who will be able to provide a list of reputable traders. It’s not a good idea to give work to people who either won’t do it up to standard or just don’t know what they’re doing.

“The bottom line is, if you’re intending to spend a lot of money on your driveway or garden, the best thing is to go to more than one trader and get quotes and not to some random individual who may not carry out the work to a good standard or at all.”

The Angus Reputable Trader Scheme (ARTS) aims to support local businesses, while giving consumers peace of mind.

When a business joins the scheme it is audited by trading standards.

By becoming a member of the scheme, businesses will sign up to a code of practice which ensures they operate their business in a fair and honest manner and comply with legislation.

More details about the council’s reputable trader scheme can be found on the authority’s website or by calling ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.