Neighbours shut out unwanted visitors with no cold calling zone

Published on: 02 Oct 2012

Residents have backed a scheme that aims to keep rogue traders and distraction burglars at bay.

Old Vicarage Green, in Keynsham, is the latest area to become a “no cold calling zone”, sending a clear message to uninvited visitors.No cold calling zone at Old Vicarage Green

The zone has been launched by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset Police, and has been welcomed by residents. The scheme has been effective in sheltered housing areas, and this is the first time the council has set up a no cold calling zone in residential streets, bringing the number of zones to 12 across the district.

Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council is keen to make a positive difference to our local communities and residents by helping to ensure that people feel safe.”

Elizabeth Shire, from Avon and Somerset Police, added: “This latest no cold calling zone is to be welcomed as such initiatives are continuing to put a stop to suspicious callers at the door.

“No cold calling zones across Bath have been well received by members of the public, particularly our more elderly and vulnerable residents.”

B&NES Council’s Trading Standards team and Avon & Somerset Police, councillors Charles Gerrish and Brian Simmons and residents launched the zone on September 20 at St John’s Parish Hall. For advice on protecting yourself from rogue traders, call 01225 396753; email trading_standards@bathnes.gov.uk or visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/roguetraders.

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