Bogus builders in the region are being warned that there's nowhere to hide, with the launch of a new initiative to target the problem.
Today was a so called 'day of action' as police in Dumfries and Galloway performed road side checks and high visibility patrols.
The aim is simple - to protect vulnerable people from being ripped off by rogue traders.
John Bevir reports:
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Mark Quigley dragged "defenceless" victim Ryan Burns by the throat from a bar stool inside the Yellow Earl pub late on December 30.
34-year-old Andrew Bell held a child in a headlock and dragged her four meters down the street whilst under the influence of drugs.
Police are carrying out investigations following a spate of break-ins and thefts in both Hawick and the rural areas of Allerdale.