No Cold Calling zones expanded
Two new No Cold Calling zones have been launched to try to protect vulnerable and elderly residents from doorstep conmen.
Police hope that the sites, one in Hantone Hill, in Bathampton, and the other at Old Vicarage Green in Keynsham, will protect people from being contacted by companies on their doorstep.
The launch brings the total number of zones in Bath and north east Somerset to 12. They have previously been in sheltered housing areas but this time are in private, residential streets.
Community safety staff and trading standards officers have put up signs in the locations and have distributed leaflets and door stickers to residents, explaining how the zones work.
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Beth Shire, from the police community safety team, said: "The aim is to send out a clear message that uninvited callers are not welcome.
"It gives residents the confidence to say no, which should reduce the chances of people falling victim to distraction burglaries and bogus callers. Both communities have strong Neighbourhood Watch groups and both areas had been subject to these types of crimes in the past."
The move is backed by Bath and North East Somerset Council, with Councillor Dave Dixon, the cabinet member for neighbourhoods, saying such zones had been shown to combat the fear of crime and reduce rogue trading.
He said: "The council is keen to make a positive difference to our local communities and residents by helping to ensure that people feel safe. In both of the new zones, all the residents we spoke to were in favour of setting up a No Cold Calling Zone so we're pleased to be able to respond to their concerns."
Meanwhile, residents in Bath have reported "pushy" salespeople knocking on doors and asking to be let in to check the property's insulation and give advice on what grants they are entitled to.
When they have been refused entry, they have returned once or twice afterwards to try their luck again.
The salespeople have also been telling people that they are representatives from Bath and North East Somerset Council and have shown identification cards.
However, the local authority has insisted that the individuals are nothing to do with it, and are not from two companies it endorses, Warm Streets and Heatseekers.
If somebody is concerned about the identification of a caller, they can contact B&NES Council on 0800 0641704.
For more information and advice on protecting yourself from rogue traders call 01225 396753, email trading_stand firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/rogue traders.