April 3, 2009
against doorstep callers stepped up in village near Burnham
village of East Brent, near Burnham-On-Sea, has this week become
the latest area to be designated a 'no cold calling zone'.
residents had raised concerns to local police about the aggressive
nature of cold callers in the village and this led to the creation
of the new zone.
cold calling zones involve designated areas being created where
local residents have the confidence to say 'no' to uninvited salespeople.
zones have been used successfully in other areas of Burnham, where
police have reported seeing a decrease in the number of calls
where people have reported canvassing taking place.
Steve Lawrence, of Burnham's rural neighbourhood police team,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "No Cold Calling Zones are one of
the initiatives being used to target doorstep crime and ensure
that residents feel safe in their own homes."
visible roadside signs will be a deterrent to rogue traders and
those cold callers whose aggressive techniques can intimidate
was highlighted as a real issue in East Brent and the project
has been very much community-driven with support from all agencies
involved. This is another great example of successful neighbourhood
above are PCSO Sheila Dickinson, Jane Bailey of Sedgemoor Safer
Partnership, and Sgt Steve Lawrence