Age UK and Western Power’s bogus caller crackdown

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FREE information packs to prevent older people falling victim to doorstep crime are being distributed by Age UK Derby and Derbyshire.

The campaign is being sponsored by Western Power Distribution.

Katy Pugh, Chief Executive, of Age UK Derby and Derbyshire, said “The best way to prevent doorstep crime is to prevent criminals and pushy sales people from choosing your doorstep.

“That’s why Age UK Derby and Derbyshire are working with Western Power Distribution to produce and distribute the Information Packs.”

Cotton bags containing a window vinyl warning cold-callers to stay away, a door sticker that provides a checklist of what to do if you have an unwanted visitor and information about avoiding scams are being distributed at information road shows, the 50+ Centre, day centres and during activities across Derbyshire.

Age UK Befrienders and staff visiting older people in their homes are making sure the older people they visit have a pack and make use of the door stickers.

WPD spokesman Jocelyn Honeywood said: ”Doorstep selling can present a number of risks for an older person.

“We hope that the information within these packs helps minimise the potential for doorstep crime.”

To find out more about the campaign contact Age UK Derby and Derbyshire on (01773) 768 240.