Flintshire Trading Standards and North Wales Police are raising awareness
around recent burglaries in Flintshire. Police investigations have identified
some areas that have been visited by cold callers prior to burglaries occurring
and they believe there may be a connection between the cold calling incidents
and the burglaries.
The Flintshire Doorstep Crime Reduction group are currently raising awareness
of the risks of dealing with cold callers and advising how to make sure
residents’ home and valuables are safe.
The group are led by Flintshire Trading Standards and members include North
Wales Police, Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch, Flintshire Neighbourhood Wardens
and Age Connects among other organisations.
Flintshire Trading Standards officer Yolande Blower who chairs the group said:
“Cold callers are often well practised at what they do; they have their sales
pitch, answers to your questions and excuses all planned in advance. They will
provide many reasons to gain your confidence to get access to inside your home
and the actual reason might be to see what valuables you might have or where
you keep your car keys and other valuables.
“The Doorstep Crime Reduction group is committed to improving community safety
and we are asking residents to promote a positive community spirit, to support
your neighbours especially those who are vulnerable. We are advising all
residents to say no to cold callers and report any suspicions to either North
Wales Police or Trading Standards.”
Residents are being given the following advice to say no to cold callers:
• Never allow a stranger into your home
• If you have a spy hole or chain on your door, use them when answering the
• Display a no cold calling sticker – it deters cold callers
To request a no cold calling sticker call Flintshire trading standards on 01352
Police are asking residents to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111 if they
see anything suspicious and 999 if they feel someone is trying to get into a
If you have been the victim of a crime, whether or not you have reported it to
the police, you can contact Victim Support in Wales on 0845 6 121 900 for free,