Author: Age Cymru
Published on 02 October 2013 02:00 PM
Gwent's Deputy Police and Crime and Commissioner, Paul Harris has added his support to Age Cymru’s Scams and swindles campaign.
Officers in Gwent have already established several 'No Cold Calling' zones across the force in areas which are densely populated by older people in an effort to reduce this types of crime.
Cold callers introduce themselves as representatives from organisations such as power companies or public bodies - many are genuine, but some aren't.
Bogus callers prey on the vulnerable and older people to persuade and distract them into getting what they want.
Paul Harris says:
"We are delighted to support this very worthy campaign.
“There is a great deal of work ongoing in Gwent to protect older people and raise awareness of steps that they, their families and friends can take to ensure that they do not become victim to these unscrupulous individuals."
Our campaigns co-ordinator Gerry Keighley says:
“The support of Gwent Police and the other Welsh forces is vital to this campaign, especially in dealing with unwanted cold callers at the door.
“If we are to generate the changes we need to protect older people from rogue traders and scammers the influence of police chiefs like Paul Harris is vital in persuading politicians they need to act decisively.”
Members of the public who have concerns about their own safety, or that of others, or would just like some tips on staying protected, should call 101 and speak to their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.