R17091 Support For Vulnerable Residents With New Scheme

Cold callers are being given the cold shoulder thanks to a new neighbourhood scheme.

The Nominated Neighbour Scheme will be launched across Bromsgrove in October and aims to prevent and deter rogue traders and door step crime.

The scheme has been designed with the purpose of protecting vulnerable and elderly residents who are often targeted by this sort of crime.

The Nominated Neighbour scheme involves any cold callers being directed to a nominated, trusted neighbour who will check the identity of the caller and return to the neighbours address with them if they are a genuine caller.

The scheme has a two pronged approach because callers who are not genuine will not want their details checked and confirmed and so may leave the property without hassle. It is hoped that in turn this will deter cold calling in first instance, especially if it becomes known that the scheme is in place.

The campaign has been funded by North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership using funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner and has been developed by Bromsgrove District Council’s Community Safety Team.

Cllr Margaret Sherrey, whose portfolio covers Community Safety, said: “I think this scheme will prove to be a fantastic deterrent against cold callers, protecting our most vulnerable residents. Cold calling and rogue trading can be despicable and they often know who to target, sadly often leaving the most vulnerable members of society traumatised and thousands of pounds out of pocket. No one likes a cold caller so help a neighbour, relative or a friend and get behind the scheme.”

An information pack has been produced and is available on referral to the Community Safety team.