New No Cold Calling zone launched in Weston
By Prue_Reid | Thursday, October 11, 2012, 17:23
A new No Cold Calling Zone is set to go live on Monday (October 15) to help protect its residents from being targeted by bogus callers.
Hutton Park, which is a retirement park for over-50s, will become North Somerset's latest zone, with signs erected and stickers distributed to its 73 residential mobile homes.
PCSO Heather Searle has organised the project with park manager Andrew Ball. She 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."
Manager Andrew Ball added: "We requested to join the scheme as some of our residents have fallen foul of people calling at their homes stating they needed work done and charging an astronomical rate.
"We want to protect the people that live here as best we can and hope this scheme will ensure our park becomes a total no-go zone for criminals."
• If someone knocks on your door you do not have to open it. Look through a window or spy hole first and if you do not recognise the caller or are not expecting anyone ask yourself do you really want to open your door.
• If you are being pressurised to have some work done quickly or for what appears to be a 'bargain' alarm bells should be ringing!
• Never buy (or sell) goods or services on the doorstep from or to someone you do not know or is not recommended to you.
• Know your rights. If you do decide to allow a salesperson to enter your home following a telesales appointment you have numerous rights. These include the right to ask someone to leave your home at any time. They must do so immediately.