WDH, in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police, has launched another Cold Calling Control Zone in Moverley Flatts, Pontefract.
Officers from WDH, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police were on hand to speak to residents as well as distribute stickers and leaflets. Signs will be erected at the entrances to the zone warning cold callers that they are not welcome.
There are now 11 Cold Calling Control Zones in WDH neighbourhoods, arming residents with the knowledge they need to be safe within their homes but, most importantly, the confidence to say no to cold callers and prevent incidents involving rogue traders, distraction burglaries, pushy sales people and doorstep criminals. The zones act as a deterrent to constant door knocking which is often seen as a nuisance, but can also cause anxiety and stress to people.
Natalie Guy, Tenant Involvement Officer at WDH, said “Moverley Flatts residents collectively said NO to the practice of cold calling. The zone should now reduce the fear and threat felt by the people when the doorbell rings and the caller is unknown.”
David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said “These zones go a long way into achieving our objective of protecting residents from doorstep criminals. We always advise consumers to avoid doing business on the doorstep where possible and to report those traders that can be pushy and a nuisance.”
PCSO Paul Dobson, from West Yorkshire Police, said “Don’t be afraid to say “NO” to any door step callers and report anything you think is suspicious.”