Door step calling
Unwelcome doorstop callers and rogue traders receive a frosty reception after West Lothian's first Cold Calling Control Zone was introduced.
The joint initiative aims to protect vulnerable residents from bogus callers. West Lothian Council's Trading Standards and Polbeth Community Council are working in partnership with Lothian and Borders Police on the initiative. The Cold Calling Control Zone informs doorstop callers that they are being watched by the community.
The control zone will be highlighted through the use of signs placed on lampposts in the area, indicating that doorstep selling is not welcome. Another highlight of the initiative is the use of special red cards, which residents can hand to unwanted callers. The cards inform callers they are not welcome, preventing embarrassment or confusion on the doorstep.
In addition, police are offering vulnerable residents crime prevention advice and training in doorstep skills to help prevent attack, and local people are being encouraged to watch out for unusual street activity and if necessary, report this to police.
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