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No Cold Calling Zone Introduced in Bryn
Wednesday 4th February, 2009

A 'No Cold Calling Zone' is being set up in Bryn.

The zone covers Harold Avenue, Hebdon Close, Nostell Road, Bedford Place and Bamburgh Place, and is aiming to reduce the number of bogus callers, distraction burglars and rogue traders operating in the area.

Serious doorstep crime incidents are rare, but when they do happen they can be very upsetting and criminals often target older, more vulnerable people.

Among the agencies working together to crack the problem are Greater Manchester Police, Trading Standards, Age Concern and Victim Support and Witness Services.

Five metal warning signs have been fitted to lampposts in the zone and 85 households have each received crime prevention advice and home security visits.

The success of the initiative relies not only on the public changing the way they deal with cold callers, but also ensuring they report incidents to either the police or Trading Standards.

The No Cold Calling Zone will be evaluated via the Wigan and Leigh Bogus Caller Group to determine its effectiveness. This group plans to implement further schemes across the borough in those areas that are seen as being most vulnerable.

Inspector Ian Arrowsmith of the Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "A good deal of doorstep crime could be prevented if residents were more aware of doorstep etiquette. As part of this scheme we want to teach residents how to be more assertive when dealing with cold callers, and hopefully this will deter them from preying on vulnerable people.

Councillor Brian Merry said: "Reducing this despicable type of crime is a key priority for the area and the council is keen to support any initiative that will improve the quality of life for local residents. Up and down the country No Cold Calling Zones have a proven record of success, and we are confident this will work in Bryn too."

Julie Middlehurst, Wigan Council's Chief Trading Standards Officer, added: "We advise people never to do business with a person who calls at their door without an appointment. If you need work doing it is far better to obtain two or three quotes from reputable traders such as members of our Good Trader Scheme.

If you are a victim of doorstep crime call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To contact the Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7436 or e-mail hindley.apt@gmp.police.uk

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