Your right to say No to uninvited Doorstep traders and Nuisance callers
Residents have the right to say no to uninvited doorstep traders and nuisance callers
93% of people surveyed recently by South Wales Police said they do not want doorstep sellers calling at their home, yet 29% reported that uninvited traders had called at their address in the past three months with 25% saying that certain traders have called repeatedly.
To deter uninvited traders from disturbing the residents of South Wales and to give householders the confidence to say no to nuisance callers, Alun Michael, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, has introduced a booklet informing residents of their rights. This also includes a sticker which when displayed on or by a householder’s front door makes clear that they do not welcome uninvited doorstep callers or traders.
Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“South Wales is one of the safest areas in the United Kingdom to live, work and visit, and keeping people safe in their homes and communities is one of our fundamental priorities.
“Of course there are organisations and individuals with legitimate reason to knock on your door, including emergency services, NHS personnel and political party representatives. However, what we want to prevent is residents being disturbed or put at risk by uninvited doorstep callers or traders.
“We are particularly keen to ensure that vulnerable community members are aware of their rights and we encourage whole communities to use this sticker to deter uninvited traders and callers from visiting their neighbourhood.”
South Wales Police teams and partner agencies will work together to get the booklet and sticker out to local communities, specifically targeting the areas most affected by this issue. These materials can also be downloaded from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.