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Cornwall Cracks Down On Doorstep Crime

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7:01am 8th June 2013

There is going to be more help to stop Cornwall's most vulnerable becoming victims of crime on their doorsteps.

Devon and Cornwall have launched a crackdown on cold callers, distraction burglars and rogue traders.

Free information packs are going to be put into libraries, GPs surgeries and police stations across the south west.

They will contain advice on the dangers of doorstep conmen who use common tricks to betray people's trust.

Bob Bunney, Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Reduction Lead, said: "There are very serious consequences. We've had occurences in this force and nationally, where people have died as a result of this sort of activity. It covers all spectrums, which is why we've put it under this title of doorstep crime."

Homeowners are also being encouraged to display 'No Cold Callers' stickers found in the information packs, in their windows.

Bob added: "People will make a choice by either displaying or not displaying the 'no cold callers' sign. If they do, you can just point to the sign. If they persist, the police can be called. If there's a problem with somebody's safety, we will endeavour to get there as quickly as possible."

Here are five tips to help keep your family safe from so-called doorstep crime:

- Use a door chain or simply do not open the door if you are not sure who it is.

- Check caller's identification and ask for proof of ID.

- Get a second opinion before agreeing to any work.

- Check any telephone numbers provided.

- Report anything suspicous in your area to police or Trading Standards.

If you want to report anything to police, you can call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively, you can contact Trading Standards, by phoning the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.

7:01am 8th June 2013

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