Warning signs part of doorstep crime clampdown
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
Warning signs are being used in a Welsh town as part of a scheme to let would-be cold callers know they are not welcome.
The No Cold Calling Zone project has been rolled out on two streets in Nelson, Caerphilly, campaignseries.co.uk reports.
Caerphilly County Borough Council's trading standards unit, together with Gwent Police, decided to act following several distraction burglaries in the area.
A distraction burglary is a crime in which a trick or distraction is used to gain access to a property and commit crime.
Older people are typically targeted. According to Crimestoppers, the average age of distraction burglary victims is 81-years-old.
Council wardens have erected warning signs on lampposts and the neighbourhood policing team have given residents safety stickers to put on their windows.
"Doorstep crime can include anything from rogue home improvement firms to bogus officials and bogus charities," councillor Rob Gough told the news provider.
The scheme is the fourth such to be introduced across Caerphilly.
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