Residents at an estate in Lightcliffe will be giving salesmen and door knockers the cold shoulder as they set up a cold calling control zone.
The aim is to protect people on the Stoney Lane Estate and has been funded by the Stoney Lane Tenants and Residents Association in conjunction with Pennine Housing
The launch of the zone, held was attended by tenants/residents of the Stoney Lane Estate, ward Councillor David Kirton, and officers from the Police also attended to lend their support to the community in their battle against this nuisance.
Residents received their information packs and signs were erected at the entrances to the zone to inform callers that they are not welcome.
Councillor David Kirton (Con Hipperholme & Lightcliffe) said: “The implementation of these ‘cold calling control zones’ means people won’t be hassled on their own doorstep to buy goods and services they just don’t want.
“Not only this, a number of criminals do pose as doorstep sales people and bogus utility company officials and these zones help to reduce the opportunity for them to undertake this type of activity.”
In recent years, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and partner organisations such as the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Neighbourhood Watch, Area Committees and local housing associations, have worked together to establish cold calling control zones.
These have been funded, at no cost to residents, in areas where the community has suffered at the hands of rogue traders, doorstep criminals and unsolicited sales people.
The zones universally receive a warm welcome from residents and agencies working in targeted areas, and have been shown to reduce crime where they have been launched, creating a general feeling of safety for all.
The success of the zones is reliant upon information from the public about cold callers.
To report cold calling activity in your area, or for further information on Cold Calling Control Zones please visit www.ts.wyjs.org.uk/wyjs-trading-doorstep-crime.asp or telephone the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06