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Safer Communities Campaign

Community Safety pack

For the past four years, I have been promoting a campaign for safer communities in Edinburgh West. As part of this initiative, I have recently launched a new Safer communities pack to help combat the problems of bogus doorstep callers and internet and telephone scams.

The new Safer Communities Pack is now available from the Edinburgh West constituency office. The pack is fully endorsed by Lothian and Borders police and is full of information and advice on ways to keep local communities safe. It includes advice on everything from the best way to avoid unsolicited calls and mail, to information on how to set-up and run neighbourhood watch schemes.

I have produced this pack following constituent concerns about bogus doorstep callers, silent calls, and mail and internet scams. Recent press reports of bogus doorstep traders operating across the city have raised public awareness of the problem.

I firmly believe that when we are in our own homes we all have a fundamental right to be left in peace free from undue disturbance and interference.

Scams and fraudsters generally prey on the vulnerable. By looking out for ourselves and each other, we can all help make our homes and neighbourhoods safer and keep them that way.

The new Safer Communities Pack is available from the Edinburgh West constituency office at 1A Drum Brae Avenue, 0131 339 0339.

Included in the pack in more detail are the following:

• A Guide on Beating Bogus callers.
• A Guide to the Mail Preference service- How to receive the mail you want.
• Advice on stopping unwanted telephone calls.
• Information on Recognising scams and get rich quick schemes.
• A practical guide to crime reduction; including information on protecting your Household and Property, Business and retail, vehicles, community and personal possessions.
• A bogus calling card for your front door (advises callers that they must provide I.D and that resident does not buy or sell at the door).
• A Contact list of useful local numbers.
• Information on setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme in your area.

The main section of the pack is also available online (650kb).

 

Further information

News items

Barrett issues warning over identity fraud, 09 October 2008
Watch out for fake ‘charities’, 21 August 2007
Barrett raises silent call concerns, 24 January 2007
Barrett demands urgent debate on bogus workmen, 19 October 2006
Barrett launches new safer communities initiative, 31 August 2006
Barrett calls for debate on bogus callers, 17 May 2006

Speeches and articles

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, 18 February 2009
Fireworks , 30 October 2002

Safer Communities Campaign

John Barrett MP helps put up a sign against bogus doorstep callers (see below)

Trader Card

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