Using the 'No Cold Calling Zone...no uninvited traders' window stickers, developed in association with Trading Standards, cold callers can now be warned away and a contact number provided to report those who ignore the sticker's warning to Trading Standards.
The stickers are available from police and can be displayed in the front door or front window of your home to discourage cold calling.
While it should be noted that not all cold callers are rogue traders, the project has been developed by police to put a stop to those unofficial traders who may over-charge for poor quality work or work that is never completed at all. The stickers give a householder the opportunity to warn cold callers that they are not wanted at their door, that ignoring that warning could constitute a breach of 'Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading' regulations and that further action may be taken by Trading Standards.
The project is not designed to apply to established callers such as a milk delivery or window-cleaners.
Inspector Kieran Quinn, Armagh Neighbourhood Policing, said, " No Cold Calling Zones are designed to discourage rogue traders who may be trying to sell shoddy or over-priced goods, or who try to trick their way into the house to commit a burglary. They also help to tackle fear of crime by making people feel more secure in their own homes, and give them the confidence to tell unwanted callers to leave. Most callers at your door will be genuine but someone could be trying to gain access to look around your property or charge you far too much for shoddy or non-existent work. The best place for would-be scammers is well away from your door, which is why we are providing these schemes to help people show doorstep criminals the door.”
No Cold Calling Zone stickers are available on request from your local Crime Prevention Officer by calling 101.
Neighbourhood Policing Officers, Constable Alix Matthews and Constable Brendan Thompson are working in your area and can provide no cold calling stickers and further information.
Alix can be contacted on mobile: 07825181742 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Brendan can be contacted on mobile: 07825146801 or email: email@example.com
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