Posted on 25th March 2013
Elderly residents in a Derbyshire Dales village have been given posters warning bogus callers not to knock on their doors.
PCSO Anthony Boswell, from Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team, has been visiting homes in Bradwell to offer the posters to local residents.
The A4 posters are put up in doors or windows and warn people not to call without an appointment. They also remind legitimate callers to have their ID ready and to state the reason for their visit.
PCSO Boswell has been handing out the posters in areas where elderly people live and others where reports of nuisance callers have been made.
People can also request a visit or an electronic version of the poster by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 101.
He said: “When we have been out in the community speaking to people, one of the concerns raised has been nuisance or bogus callers.
“These posters are an effective way to tell those callers that the resident does not want to be bothered.
“Genuine callers should know to have their ID ready and we’ve educated people about steps they can take to find out if a caller is bogus or not.
“These include ringing the company they claim to be from and asking if they have any callers out in their area.
“Hopefully by offering these posters, we can help deter bogus callers and keep our communities safe.”
The posters also remind homeowners to report any suspicious callers or behaviour to police on 101, their local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.