Baroness Saeeda Warsi has backed a campaign launched by a West Craven councillor in a bid to end cold calling.
The Baroness put her weight behind the ‘No Cold Calling’ campaign in Earby last week along with the Conservative Party Candidate for Lancashire’s Crime Commissioner, Coun. Tim Ashton, after Coun. Keith Bailey’s initial idea for the launch.
‘No Cold Calling’ window cards are currently being handed out to residents in Pendle by Conservative councillors to deter potential doorstep callers and the cards also offer advice to the public on what to do should people call.
Coun. Bailey said: “I started doing regular surgeries so people could come and tell me their problems. Then I started doing street surgeries and it became apparent the problem of cold calling was a big one.
“People think that it’s just old people affected by it, but it’s not, it can happen to younger people living on their own, not just the elderly and vulnerable.”
Baroness Warsi said: “It’s an important campaign. It doesn’t just relate to the elderly people living on their own, especially as the dark nights come in.”
Coun. Bailey’s campaign is aiming to dissuade cold calling but some town councillors in Earby are hoping for a similar scheme to the one introduced in neighbouring Salterforth in 2009.
The village became a ‘No Cold Calling’ zone after 89-year-old war veteran Bob Schofield was beaten to death in his own home in 2008 by burglars suspected of acting as door-to-door salesmen.
Salterforth now has signs warning sales people they are entering a ‘No Cold Calling’ zone and residents have a number they can call Lancashire County Council Trading Standards on if they get a cold call who in turn inform the police of reports.
Coun. Vera Cocker said: “It’s not gone to the town council yet but we have chatted informally about it. As soon as we get some feedback from Keith idea we will have a look it.
“We would certainly look to push ahead with something like that because it has got a little bit over the top in parts of Earby.”