Doorstep crime at record level

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DOORSTEP crime is running at record levels in Sheffield, according to Trading Standards.

And spring – when people look to do home improvements and get out in the garden again – is their busiest time.

Dodgy offers to do guttering, drives, roofs, solar panels and gardening jobs were all on the increase, Phil Glaves said.

He added: “I had someone come to the door myself. He said, ‘We were working in the area and we noticed your guttering’.

“I asked him where and to point to the house, but he wouldn’t – because he obviously wasn’t – and he left sharpish.”

But householders who had been scammed once would be targeted again, he added.