Pirate FM News

Cornwall Cracks Down On Doorstep Crime

news-police.jpg

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 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.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Woman injured in crash off the A30 in Cornwall

Cornwall News: Police confirmed two cars hit at Indian Queens

WATCH: First high-speed train runs from Cornwall to London

Cornwall News: The new Intercity Express services are in service

Trending in Cornwall

Introducing the baby born mid-flight over Cornwall

Torran MacDonald arrived 1400ft over Penzance

Man seriously injured after incident in Newquay

Police had reports of a street fight near a nightclub

Woman injured in crash off the A30 in Cornwall

Police confirmed two cars hit at Indian Queens

PHOTOS: Rare harbour porpoise off Cornwall

The almost all-white female was with her calf

'Hit and run' leaves cyclist seriously injured

Police launch appeal after incident near Launceston

Stolen road sweeper sparks police chase on A38

It was reportedly stopped by a stinger in Plymouth

Major rescue as cows get stuck in Cornish river

Firefighters from four towns scrambled to Wadebridge

Baby boy born on rescue helicopter over Cornwall

A mum went into labour during a visit to Scilly

WATCH: First high-speed train runs from Cornwall to London

The new Intercity Express services are in service

VIDEO: Visit Cornwall stops actively promoting two beaches

This is amid fears about overcrowding this summer

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall