What is a No Cold Calling Zone?
These are areas in the city where cold callers are discouraged from calling. The scheme is designed to reduce the number of incidents of distraction burglary and rogue trading.
Rogue traders are people who tell householders that work needs doing and then charge really high prices, sell poor quality items at high prices or pressure sell.
The zones are not designed to stop:
- Regular roundsmen such as your milkman or paperboy.
- Regular callers like Avon and Betterware who just leave a catalogue.
- Utility services such as Gas and Electric companies who call to read your meter.
- Political groups canvassing for election purposes and at other times throughout the year.
Who runs them?
Trading Standards work with the Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Neighbourhood teams. They are currently funded by the Safer City Partnership.
Why have you chosen these areas?
The areas will have been chosen as they are an area which is vulnerable to doorstep crime.
Vulnerability can be measured in many ways but it may be:
- an area of elderly persons;
- an area where there has been a high level of recorded crime, such as burglary or distraction
- burglary, or even;
- an isolated area of a small number of properties.
We provide residents in this area:
- information on how to deal with callers should the signage be ignored;
- door/window stickers;
- street signs on lamp posts to warn traders.
How can I set one up in my area?
Contact us on 01782 232065 for an information toolkit on how to set one up in your area.
For more information about No Cold Calling Zones and how to stay safe from bogus callers and rogue traders see our Household Information - Say No to Doorstep Callers leaflet below.