Doorstep Calling

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Doorstep Calling

No Cold Calling

Door Sales can be a real nuisance at times, calling at inconvenient times and being extremely persuasive and persistent, making you feel pressurised into buying from them.  However there are many that are honest and genuine providing a useful service for consumers.

Whether they are genuine or not, please make sure you take precautions when greeted by a doorstep trader, here are some safety tips to remember:

  • If a trader knocks at your door do not agree to on the spot house repairs and donโ€™t sign anything
  • Donโ€™t feel pressurised into buying costly home repairs or goods and services you may need
  • Be wary of special offers or warnings that your house is unsafe
  • Do not make snap decisions. Take time to talk to someone you trust before you make a decision
  • If you have friends or family that you care for make them aware of the need to check with someone before they agree to repairs to their home

If in doubt seek advice, contact Hull Trading Standards on Tel: 01482 300300.

 

Setting up a No Cold Calling Zone

No Cold Calling Zones are intended to prevent doorstep crime. This is crime arising from doorstep callers, bogus workmen, high pressure salespeople, bogus officials and distraction burglary. Distraction burglary is where the householder is distracted by a caller whilst another burgles them.

It is now well established that distraction burglaries and rogue doorstep trading are interlinked โ€“ all too often, the seemingly innocent doorstep seller is actually checking things out for a re-visit to carry out a burglary or distraction burglary.

If you are in a No Cold Calling Zone calling is discouraged, and the Trading Standards department at your council will investigate any cold callers who do not follow the code.

You can get more information about No Cold Calling Zones by contacting your council on Tel: 01482 300300 or emailing tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk