West Yorkshire Trading Standards issued the following press release when we launched the first phase of the Cold Calling Control Zones on Tuesday 13th August:
Today (13th August) saw the launch of the first Cold Calling Control Zone in Adel, Leeds. Funded by the Adel Association and Leeds City Council. This is the first zone of a possible 8 that will be rolled out in Adel over the next few months.
Officers from partner organisations which include West Yorkshire Trading Standards, West Yorkshire Police and Adel Association as well as Councillor Barry Anderson, who has been at the forefront of setting this zone up, were on hand to engage with residents and answer any questions or queries.
In recent years, through the help of West Yorkshire Trading Standards and partner organisations such as the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Neighbourhood Watch, Area Committees and local housing associations, Cold Calling Control Zones have been funded in areas where residents have suffered at the hands of rogue traders, doorstep criminals and unsolicited sales people.
The zones have been hailed a huge success nationally and have received a warm welcome from residents. Zones have been shown to reduce overall crime in the areas where they have been launched.
Councillor Barry Anderson, said “Cold Calling Control Zones protect the elderly and vulnerable in our community. The scheme has been set up to deter rogue traders and pushy sales people because the community as a whole is saying no to cold calling. Working in partnership to inform and advise residents helps to combat this issue in the most effective way’.
For further information on Cold Calling Control Zones please visit http://www.ts.wyjs.org.uk/wyjs-trading-doorstep-crime.asp or telephone the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06.
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