WDH, in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police, has launched another Cold Calling Control Zone in Peacock Close Flats, Wakefield.
Officers from WDH and West Yorkshire Trading Standards were on hand to speak to residents as well as distribute stickers and leaflets. Signs will be erected at the entrances to the zone warning cold callers that they are not welcome.
Vincent Kershaw, a resident at Peacock Flats, said: “It is great to know I won’t see as many unwanted callers now this has been set up. It was nuisance having to answer the door to them.”
There are now Cold Calling Control Zones in many WDH neighbourhoods, arming residents with the knowledge they need to be safe within their homes but, most importantly, the confidence to say no to cold callers and prevent incidents involving rogue traders, distraction burglaries, pushy sales people and doorstep criminals. The zones act as a deterrent to constant door knocking which is often seen as a nuisance, but can also cause anxiety and stress to people.
Chris Croxall, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer said,“We had reports of rogue traders targeting the residents of Peacock Close, therefore we are delighted to have this zone which gives our tenants the strength to stand up for themselves and to feel safer in their own homes.”
David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards said “Protecting the safety of the communities of West Yorkshire is important, and that’s why this Cold Calling Control Zone is being introduced. By working with residents, and our partners to enforce this zone we can ensure that cold callers get the message that they are not welcome.”