Combat Doorstep Crime
Fortunately distraction burglaries and rogue trading at your doorstep are rare in Birstall and Wanlip – but when they do happen they can be extremely upsetting.
Most people who call at your home are genuine although some may turn up unannounced and try and trick their way into your home.
Birstall and Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch, Leicestershire Trading Standards Service and Leicestershire Police are working together on a project to reduce distraction burglaries and rogue trading in our villages.
To combat doorstep crime, the Neighbourhood Watch can help you to start a “No Cold Calling” Zone.
This will involve putting signs on lampposts as you enter the area telling people they are entering an area where residents do not buy goods and services from uninvited sales people.
Trading Standards can also supply stickers for your door or window.
They can provide you with a free pack with various items to give you advice on what to do if someone still knocks on your door.
This is not intended to stop your regular rounds people or catalogue companies.
We are also encouraging residents to arrange a password with their utility providers so you can tell if utility callers are genuine.
Residents taking a stand together in this manner will reduce the chances of falling victim of this type of crime, especially the more vulnerable within our communities.
No Cold Calling Zones
- Discourage rogue traders who, for example, tell householders work needs doing and then charge exorbitant prices, sell poor quality items at high prices or pressure sell.
- Discourage those who use door step selling as the opening for distraction burglaries or to make plans for future burglaries.
- Provide the opportunity for householders to collectively say “no” to the practice of cold calling.
- Reduce the fear and threat felt by some householders when the doorbell rings and the caller is unknown.
- Participants are provided with information on how to deal with callers should the signage be ignored.
- Zones are police backed and police call handling staff are aware of the scheme.
- We have already helped to set up several schemes covering Wanlip and parts of Birstall and many more schemes have been established across the county and nationwide.