How to beat bogus doorstep callers

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RESIDENTS will be able to learn how to avoid falling victim to bogus doorstep callers at a safety event.

A drop-in event in Shotton Colliery will show people how they can protect themselves against distraction burglaries, rogue traders and bogus callers.

Durham County Council’s fair trading team has teamed up with Morrison Facilities Services, East Durham Homes, Durham Constabulary, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and The Housing Partnership to organise the event, which is part of Morrison’s National Doorstep Project.

Representatives from all these organisations will be on hand to help people with a range of measures and tips to help safeguard their homes from bogus callers.

Morrison is offering to fit door chains and wall mirrors to residents’ homes free of charge, the council’s trading standards officers will be highlighting common scams to help people to be on their guard and the police will be giving crime prevention advice.

Durham County Council’s fair trading team will also be re-launching the Cold Calling Zone in the local area, which has been operating since 2006 and is aimed at raising awareness of bogus callers, simple precautions to take and how to report suspect callers.

Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection at the council, said: “We are pleased to be working with residents and partner agencies to help raise awareness of the need to be on guard against bogus callers.

“Criminals often target the more vulnerable members of our communities so steps need to be taken to empower residents on how to deal with cold callers at the door. Our Cold Calling Zones aim to encourage people to just say ‘no’ and keep cold callers at bay.”

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 28, at Alcote House, in Dene Street, Shotton Colliery, between 10am and 4pm and local residents are welcome to call in.