Cold comfort for worried locals.
Byline: Linda Whitwam News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
COLD callers are to get the cold shoulder in Golcar.
The Cold Calling Control Zone has been launched in Arran Close, Golcar, and the scheme is funded by the residents.
It has been introduced after complaints of intimidation from some doorstep traders. Signs will be put up at the entrances to the zone warning cold callers are not welcome.
Officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police have been advising residents as well as distributing stickers and leaflets. Resident Martin Carder, who has been at the forefront for implementing this zone, said "I, for one, am very pleased that something can be done to stop this annoyance, and will be the first to call Trading Standards if someone ignores the zone we have worked hard to set up.
"We have said 'No' to this activity, and we mean it."
The zones act as a deterrent to constant door knocking, which is a nui-sance, but can also cause people anxiety and stress in their homes.
There are now some 200 Cold Calling Control Zones in West Yorkshire, which arm residents with information and the confi-dence to say 'No' to cold callers rogue traders, pushy sales people, doorstep criminals and also to hopefully reduce distraction burglaries.
David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said "The implementation of these 'Cold Calling Control Zones' means people won't be hassled on their own doorstep to buy goods and services they just don't want, but not only this; a number of criminals do pose as doorstep sales people and bogus utility company officials and these zones help to reduce the opportunity for them to undertake this type of activity."
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