Friday, December 22, 2006

Knock, knock, who's there? No Jehovah's Witnesses or double-glazing salesmen

Knock, knock, who's there? No Jehovah's Witnesses or double-glazing salesmen

FRANK URQUHART, The Scotsman, June 22, 2006

DOOR-to-door salesmen and Jehovah's Witnesses have been hit with a council ban in the first initiative of its kind in Scotland to protect residents from unwelcome cold callers.

Angus Council has joined forces with Tayside Police and Neighbourhood Watch to set up six "no cold-calling zones" throughout the area, with plans for more than 100 eventually.

Doorstep cold-calling is often used as a smokescreen by criminals to prey on vulnerable households, particularly the elderly.

Pilot schemes, where signs and window stickers warned off would-be door-to-door sellers, significantly reduced general crime figures in the area, according to council research.

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