11 August 2016

A scheme to tackle rogue trading and distraction burglaries has been launched in Corby.

The no cold-calling scheme has been set up in Stadpeine Close after a number of cases where elderly or vulnerable residents have previously been targeted.

High visibility signs have been put up in the street to show that this is a no cold-calling area and crime prevention packs including door advice stickers are being delivered to local residents.

Residents of Stadpeine Close.

Report concerns

Residents are also being urged to report any crime or suspicious callers at their homes to Northamptonshire Police on 0345 23 07 702.

The no cold-calling scheme has been initiated and funded by Corby Community Safety Partnership, which comprises Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards, Corby Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police.

Succesful schemes are already operating in East Northamptonshire, Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough South Northamptonshire and Daventry.

Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “Over the past ten years, we have successfully introduced no cold-calling zones in many parts of the county and we’ve received some extremely positive feedback from local residents.

“Members of the public should never feel pressured into making a decision or agreeing to buy anything on the doorstep. Our advice is very clear; avoid opening the door to someone if you’re not expecting them.

“I would also encourage residents to use businesses that are members of our Buy With Confidence scheme and have been approved by Trading Standards.”

'Check identification'

Sgt Jon Hodgson, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “Distraction burglars often have plausible reasons for why they need to get into the house but we urge people never to open the door to anyone they don’t know or are not expecting. Always check for identification and call 101 if you have any concerns at all. If you feel threatened in anyway, call 999.

“We want to remind people to be vigilant and our main advice is always the same: if you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

“Unfortunately the victims of distraction burglary are often elderly or vulnerable, which is why schemes like this, that help to improve their safety, are always good news.”

Corby Borough Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie said: “Corby is a safe place to live and we want to keep it that way and reduce the number of opportunities for bogus callers to prey on vulnerable members of the community.

“We believe that no cold calling zones like this will send out a clear signal to those people who operate like this that they are not welcome in the area.”

Approved traders

To report suspicious callers, residents should call 0345 23 07 702, while information about Trading Standards approved businesses can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders.