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Lincolnshire Trading Standards offer tips against doorstop crime

Lincolnshire Trading Standards are giving advice to residents to help them safeguard their homes from con men this summer.

Last year, 184 residents around Lincolnshire complained that they had been targeted and 64 of those residents admitted to handing over cash. Overall, these transactions have cost residents £90,000.

According to the county council service, con men will try and offer a product or service but in fact criminals could be on the door step.

Though door step cons aren’t the only worry — some of these individuals may turn to burglary.

Tim Dawson, principal officer for Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: “During these warmer summer months, we all like to leave our windows and doors open, but if they can’t con you, some of these criminals may try to gain entry and attempt to steal your belongings.

“If you have witnessed criminal gangs operating in your street, please report it to Citizens Advice.”

Here are Trading Standards’ top tips to avoid being conned:

Possible victims of doorstep crime should call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506 or visit the website.