launch six new 'no cold calling zones' across Highbridge
major clampdown on cold callers in the Highbridge area has seen
six new 'no cold calling zones' introduced with plans to target
the whole town.
Burnham & Highbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team are working
with Sedgemoor District Council to install the new signs.
was designed to complement the ongoing Street a Week
project which is currently running throughout the Highbridge and
Sedgemoor District Council provided the funds to help purchase
the relevant signs and stickers so the zones can clearly be identified.
Each household has been given a window sticker to display which
states cold callers are not welcome. Advice
has also been given on setting up password systems with utility
PCSO Sam Piers told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "For the scheme to
be successful residents need to make a stand together. Saying
no to cold callers will reduce the chances falling victim to distraction
burglaries and bogus callers."
"Distraction burglaries are rare, but surveys have shown
over 95% of people do not want traders knocking on their doors.
Most people are able to contact traders directly if they need
A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council added: "Anything
we can do to reassure residents against cold callers is most welcome
and we urge cold callers to take heed."
The new no cold caller zones are in Worston Road,
Oldway Place, Jasmine Close, Field Way, Lobelia Close and Elder
Close. Parnell Way at Burnham also has a new zone following a
rogue traders event in the street.
The 'Street a Week scheme' has been hugely successful and was
set up to proactively raise awareness on how residents can protect
their property and look after their neighbourhood. So far 800
houses in Highbridge have received crime prevention information
and property marking pens.
You can report any unwanted cold callers to the Avon & Somerset
Non-Emergency number 101. The information will then be passed
onto Trading Standards and relevant officers.