Police campaign in Alford expansion

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A POLICE initiative aimed at protecting older and vulnerable people from unwanted callers is to be extended to Alford.

‘No Cold Calling Zones’ have been running successfully in the county for several years protecting more vulnerable members of our communities.

The main aim of the scheme is to protect residents against rogue traders and distraction burglars by reducing the number of cold callers and limiting the opportunity for doorstep crime.

“The new zones in Alford are being set up in Windmill Close, Stanley Avenue and Kennedy Avenue,” said PCSO Dee Phillips from the Alford Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“We’ve carried out a consultation with the residents in these streets and the feedback has been really supportive.

“In view of this, we are launching zones in these areas on Tuesday, January 24.

“The more information available to all our residents, the greater awareness they will have of bogus callers and distraction burglary offences.

“By raising their awareness the better chance we have in reducing the number of victims of this type of appalling offence”.

In order to alert people to the ‘No Cold Calling Zone’, clear signs will be erected on lampposts. These are being funded by Lincolnshire’s Trading Standards.

The signage, a police notice, warns potential callers that all local residents are not interested in buying goods or services on their doorstep.

Each ‘zone’ has its own coordinator and all residents will be handed special information packs, produced by Trading Standards, about the initiative.

Both areas will be closely monitored by all four partner agencies and all residents will be given guidance about reporting suspicious individuals or activity to the police.

Lisa Forster, from Lincolnshire County Council’s Trading Standards will be on hand on the day to advise residents on taking simple steps like fitting and using door security chains, asking to see and handle identification cards and verifying identification.

Other advice will include getting a second opinion before agreeing any work, keeping doors and windows locked when in residence, not keeping large sums of money in the house and ensuring purses, wallets and handbags are out of sight.

Free security and crime prevention advice is available by contacting your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101 or via the Neighbourhood Policing Team.