Seaford police want to remind residents that the whole town is an officially designated as a No Cold Calling Zone.
This means that with very few exceptions no one should be calling door to door, to offer items for sale, offer to carry out work or any other service, or even offer to carry out “free no obligation surveys”.
Seaford PCSO Cathy Clarke said, “In a nutshell if you haven’t arranged for someone to call by appointment, they should not be knocking on your door and potentially by doing so they commit an offence.”
Seaford was one of the first towns in the country to have a whole town ban and it came about through work by PCSOs Cathy Clarke and Steve Carter in their areas and the local Neighbourhood Watch.
Soon the whole town wanted to participate in the scheme and the police, the Town Council and the Neighbourhood Watch got together in partnership to include the whole town.
Signs on the entrances to the town designate the area and residents need to display a no cold calling notice. If somebody calls despite the notice they potentially commit an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. If they do not leave or return ring the police.
PCSO Clarke said, “The scheme has been going on for well over a year now and cold calling has declined.
“However, we want remind businesses that it is not acceptable in Seaford and residents that they do not have to put up with it.
“If you have cold callers please contact the police. Often cold calling is a device used by criminals calling door to door so it is very important that we know about it and put a stop to it.”
For more details about the scheme or for the door/window notices, please contact Seaford Police or your local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.