This week saw the Council’s Trading Standards Service working with a wide range of partners to carry out another successful Operation Liberal, cracking down on rogue traders and distraction burglars operating in the borough.
Operation Liberal targets a particular type of rogue trading. This includes ‘distraction burglary’ where a trick is used to get access into someone’s home to steal something from them, through to extortion and intimidation where groups of individuals will carry out repairs on someone’s property for huge fees, threatening them with violence if they don’t pay up or if they try to speak out.
These kinds of rogue traders frequently target elderly or vulnerable people.
Operation Liberal tackles the problem head on by putting enforcement officers out on the streets to give a strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in our borough.
The team challenge traders in local hotspots to prove their credentials to make sure the work they are doing meets legal standards and has been properly solicited by the people they are working for.
I was delighted to hear that over the course of two days this month, the Trading Standards Service stopped over 42 individuals to make sure they were acting within the law. Five notices were issued by Streetscene and the Trading Standards Service advised six businesses of their legal obligations to residents.
As a Borough, crime has been falling year on year. The statistics tell us Redbridge is as safe a place to live as it ever has been. These kinds of visible enforcement activities can make Redbridge feel safer so that perceptions meet reality.
As we promised to do in our manifesto pledges, we are working towards increasing the street presence of uniformed officers to tackle anti-social behaviour. We are getting tough on fly-tipping and making sure our streets are regularly swept.
Making a difference to these day-to-day issues will improve the quality of life for people living in Redbridge and that is exactly what the new Labour administration is all about.
My Cabinet and I are committed to making Redbridge a greener and fairer Borough, where we are all proud to live. I want to take the opportunity to commend the excellent work being done by the Trading Standards team as a step in the right direction.