Newry PSNI helps residents show doorstep crime the door

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
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Police in Newry, Mourne and Down are encouraging the public to make their homes ‘No Cold Calling’ zones. Cold Calling leafletSuperintendent 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.” The No Cold Calling initiative aims to empower householders to feel safe in their own home through the display of No Cold Calling stickers which clearly instruct cold callers not to call at that property. Packs with No Cold Calling stickers and leaflets, developed in association with Trading Standards, are available for homes. 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 Walls continued, “We 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. He added, “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.” If you are interested in making your home a no cold calling zone or would like more information, please contact your local crime prevention officer on 101.

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