Call time on doorstep crime 

16/12/10

Help to catch out callous criminals who prey on older and vulnerable people is available at the touch of a button, thanks to a new website.

Top tips, useful videos and helpful local contact numbers are included on a new website launched to help beat distraction burglars, bogus officials and rogue traders.

There’s also an interactive quiz, downloadable leaflets and a sign which can be printed out and put in the window.

The website has been developed as part of the Knock Knock Project, a Greater Manchester partnership initiative involving local councils, the police, Greater Manchester Police Authority, Trading Standards, United Utilities and Age UK.

Councillor Nick Peel, Bolton Council Executive Member for Housing, Neighbourhoods and Regulation said: “Knowledge is a big part of the solution to doorstep crime.

“When people know about the tricks criminals use to con their way into homes and how to reduce the risk of being targeted, they can be on their guard and take steps to protect themselves.

“This new website equips people with that knowhow and I hope it sends out the clear message that doorstep crime should not and will not be tolerated in Bolton.”

 

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