Safety stickers used for doorstep crime drive
Posted by Ben Alexander.
Safety stickers have been given out as part of a joint-authority drive to step up awareness over increasing doorstep crime, it has been stated.
The town of Dumbarton, in Scotland, is a "hot spot" for cold calling.
The Cold Calling Control Zone, which covers around 900 homes, is being piloted by West Dunbartonshire CouncilÃ‚â€™s Community Safety Partnership, Strathclyde Police and Trading Standards, to give residents advice.
Part of the scheme includes the distribution of information packs containing safety stickers that offer simple advice on cold calling and what to do if an incident occurs.
It is thought that cold calling is costing those particularly vulnerable in the area thousands of pounds a year.
Kirsten Halliday from West Dunbartonshire Council Trading Standards said: "By introducing the Cold Calling Control Zone and strengthening community support, we aim to combat rogue traders."
Chief inspector from Strathclyde Police, Ian Wallace, said: "Our analysis has shown that the control zone is relatively crime free. But it is a hotspot for bogus caller crime.
"This initiative aims to make people feel safer in their own homes."
Last year an event in Dorset used safety stickers to raise awareness over the dangers of exposure to asbestos.
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