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Cold callers no longer welcome on Flookburgh estate
11:36am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
The latest No Cold Calling Zone in the South Lakeland area is set to be established at Fairfield, Flookburgh.
Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Police are to launch the scheme later this month.
They say the zones provide a significant deterrent to rogue traders and bogus callers.
Doorstep Crime is a serious concern in Cumbria with over 250 reported incidents in Cumbria last year even though incidents are much under reported due to fear or embarrassment, said the council.
The launch takes place at Fairfield in Flookburgh at 11am on Wednesday October 23 and residents are invited.
Those behind the scheme say the aim of the zone is to place power in the residents’ hands, particularly the elderly, giving them the confidence to say ‘no’ to bogus callers and rogue traders, bogus official and thieves.
The zone is identified by signs at the entrance to Fairfield which gives a clear signal to rogue traders that they are visiting an area where they are not welcome and where householders will not buy on the doorstep.
Residents will be provided with a door sticker which states that the resident does not wish to receive cold calls to their homes from businesses.
On the inside of the sticker is a telephone number they can ring to report any incidents.
Reporting such incidents enables Trading Standards to investigate whether or not the trader is legitimate.
Coun Barry Doughty, cabinet member responsible for Trading Standards, said: “Our officers’ work alongside the police to increase the sense of community spirit cut the number of unsolicited callers in the area and ensure the neighbourhood remains safe. These zones are proven to work and it’s great that we’re extending their coverage across the county.”
Coun Rod Wilson, said: "The Fairfield Zone is to be welcomed - it shows what communities can do when they get together to prevent nuisance callers and to protect neighbours from unwanted and unsolicited approaches.
“It can be very frightening for elderly and vulnerable people when someone knocks at their door trying to sell goods or services. These zones empower local residents to feel confident about sending unwanted callers away.”
Howard Firth, Police Community Support Officer, said: “We are pleased to be part of this multi-agency partnership working, which aims to benefit this community. No Cold Calling Zone’s highlight how the area is not tolerate of people cold calling. We urge homeowners to inform the Police whenever they see anyone in the area acting suspiciously.”
Anyone who has information about doorstep crime is encouraged to contact Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 08454 04 05 06 or report the matter to Cumbria Police on 101.
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