They are the bane of all our lives and like Japanese knotweed, seemingly impossible to get rid of. Cold Callers.

But on Tuesday, November 18, Almondbury residents struck back. That day saw the launch of a Cold Calling Control Zone funded by residents.

Officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police were on hand to engage with residents and answer any questions, as well as distribute the stickers and leaflets.

Signs will be erected at the entrances to the zone warning cold callers that they are not welcome.

Cold Calling Control Zones aim to arm residents with the knowledge they need to be safe within their homes but, most importantly, the confidence to say NO to cold callers and prevent incidents involving rogue traders, distraction burglaries, pushy sales people and doorstep criminals.

The zones act as a deterrent to constant door knocking which is often seen as a nuisance, but can also cause anxiety and stress within the community.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “We are in full support of any initiative which reduces the threat of crime to vulnerable communities and improves their quality of life.

“We always advise consumers to avoid doing business on the doorstep where possible.

“If you need work doing, always obtain two or three quotes from reputable traders, in particular those that are members of a registered trader scheme”.

Resident, Stephen Palmer, who has been at the forefront for implementing this zone, said: “We are thrilled with the support our community has received from partners in helping them to say no to Cold Callers.

“The overwhelming majority of our residents responded to say they wanted this initiative, and it gives our residents the strength to stand up for themselves and to feel safer in their own homes”.

Inspector Dunkerley from the Huddersfield Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “This scheme proves that joined up working can ensure we create a safer community for everyone in the area.

“We all have the right to feel safe in our own home and this zone is a considerable step in the right direction.

“We are pleased that we have the support of local residents, and I am sure this scheme will be very successful.”

For further information on Cold Calling Control Zones please visit

To report incidents of doorstep crime or cold calling in your area, or to enquire about setting up a zone please call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.