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A scheme to deter cold callers and rogue traders can help neighbours work together to ward off doorstep criminals this autumn.

Nominated Neighbour uses bright yellow window stickers to show potential house callers that that they will only been seen if accompanied by a known and trusted person after their identity has been verified by that person.

All it takes is a neighbour, family friend or family member to agree to be nominated and have callers directed to them.

The scheme deters non-genuine callers, who will not want their identity to be checked.

Cllr Phil Thomas, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “It’s that time of year when criminals and rogue traders go around posing as officials or offering fake maintenance work as a cover for rip-off work or even for distraction thefts and burglary. Sadly, this despicable behaviour can leave people including the most vulnerable members of society traumatised and out of pocket.

“Let’s make it harder for them and help our neighbours, relatives and friends give cold callers the cold shoulder.”

Nominated Neighbour has been warding off doorstep criminals and rogue traders since 2017, with every scheme member asked reporting significantly fewer cold callers or, in most cases, a complete stop. Here are what some scheme members have said:

“I’ve had no cold callers since. Prior to this I was constantly harassed by people at the door, making me feel vulnerable.”

“I’ve had people see the sticker and go away. I definitely feel safer.”

“The salespeople have stopped.”

The scheme is free, as it is funded by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to help reduce doorstep crime, and it is delivered to homes by the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership.

In addition to window stickers a pack containing useful information on keeping safe is also provided.

For further information and details of how to join the scheme please contact our Community Safety team.