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Cold callers are told to stay away

SAY NO!: At the launch are, from left - Sergeant Stephen Barr, Peter Lennon, Trading Standards, and the administration leader Councillor Iain Gaul.

SAY NO!: At the launch are, from left - Sergeant Stephen Barr, Peter Lennon, Trading Standards, and the administration leader Councillor Iain Gaul.

Angus Council’s trading standards service is urging people to stay safe in their homes by saying a firm “no” to cold-calling doorstep traders.

The council is refreshing its ‘Doorstoppers’ project this week with the introduction of new door/window stickers.

Householders are encouraged to display the stickers which tells unwanted doorstep traders to go away – those who don’t are committing a criminal offence and consumers should report them to the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778 or at any ACCESS office.

Council leader councillor Iain Gaul said: “This is the fourth week of ‘Scam Awareness Month’ and with the focus on doorstep crime, it is an ideal opportunity to refresh our ‘Doorstoppers’ project.

“Angus Council is committed to protecting our citizens from doorstep callers who scam, cheat, steal and intimidate – especially our more vulnerable and elderly, who should be left in peace in their own homes to enjoy life.

“Doorstoppers highlights, and helps combat, the problem of doorstep sellers who prey on these vulnerable consumers by raising awareness of the problem and providing practical help and information on the many ways in which consumers can protect themselves from rogue traders on the doorstep.”

Stickers are available in all Angus Council ACCESS offices, ACCESSLine and libraries.

In 2005, the Doorstoppers initiative was launched in Angus to disrupt and deter doorstep crime.

It is a multi-agency initiative, including trading standards, social work, neighbourhood watch, the police and includes many third sector partners.

 

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