March 27, 2015
Police launch six new 'no cold calling zones' across Highbridge

A 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.

The Burnham & Highbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team are working with Sedgemoor District Council to install the new signs.

This was designed to complement the ongoing ‘Street a Week’ project which is currently running throughout the Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea area.

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 companies.

PCSO Sam Piers told "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 work doing."

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 trader’s 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.

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