Police aim to stamp out doorstep crime

The PSNI and Trading Standards have teamed up to launch a new 'No Cold Calling' campaign.  INLT 07-685-CON
The PSNI and Trading Standards have teamed up to launch a new 'No Cold Calling' campaign. INLT 07-685-CON

Police in East Antrim are hoping to show criminals the door as part of a campaign to protect residents from rogue cold callers.

The ‘No Cold Calling’ initiative will see packs containing stickers and leaflets, developed in association with Trading Standards, distributed to local people.

The ‘No Cold Calling’ window stickers can be placed on doors and windows to make cold callers aware that they are not welcome at that address.

The sticker also has a contact number to report any callers who ignore the warning to police and Trading Standards.

Superintendent Simon Walls, PSNI service lead for burglary said: “We recognise that not all cold callers are rogue traders or criminals, however we want every householder, particularly the more vulnerable, to have the confidence to refuse services they do not require or want.

“This campaign aims to empower householders to feel safe in their own home.”

Local Crime Manager DCI Catherine Magee added: “I hope that the stickers and leaflets provide an extra layer of protection that will empower residents and discourage those unofficial traders who may overcharge an unsuspecting householder for poor quality work or work that is never completed at all.

“Rogue trading and its links to burglary can have a significant impact on the vulnerable and elderly within our communities.

“No cold calling zones can dissuade and deter those intent on criminality and enable individuals to say no and report any concerns.”

David Livingstone, Head of the Trading Standards Service, said rogue doorstep traders target the most vulnerable in our society.

He added: “The Trading Standards Service is delighted to be joining forces with the PSNI in both protecting those citizens who are most at risk, and in bringing the doorstep criminals to justice.”

Anyone interested in making their home a no cold calling zone or who would like more information is asked to contact their local crime prevention officer on the PSNI’s non-emergency number, 101.