Kent Trading Standards secured funding from the Kent Community Safety Partnership (Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and Kent County Council ), Greater Manchester Police, Medway Trading Standards, Slough Trading Standards, Oxfordshire Trading Standards and the Public Protection Partnership (Bracknell, West Berkshire and Wokingham) to produce a short hard hitting film depicting the devastating effects of Doorstep Crime.
Year on year millions of pounds are defrauded from residents of Kent by criminals posing as legitimate businesses, Police or Trading Standards Officers. Often criminals defraud victims of their life savings – this is financial abuse as the victims are often some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Whilst Kent Trading Standards Service and Kent Police pursue criminals that perpetrate these crimes more needs to be done as a community to prevent these crimes taking place by protecting our vulnerable adults.
We all know someone vulnerable whether that be a member of your family, a friend or a neighbour – so let’s learn how to spot the signs of financial abuse and how to protect potential victims.
More information can be viewed via Kent Trading Standards and/or you can watch the video here
Spot the signs of financial abuse – video transcript