Cold calling ban risks

PUBLISHED: 12:40 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

AS an elderly person I suppose I should be considered someone who is vulnerable. It was, therefore, an interesting story in The Crow (August 10) about the suggestion to have a cold-calling free zone. This may be a deterrent to stop the crime of distractio

AS an elderly person I suppose I should be considered someone who is vulnerable.

It was, therefore, an interesting story in The Crow (August 10) about the suggestion to have a cold-calling free zone.

This may be a deterrent to stop the crime of distraction burglary and to protect us vulnerable people from having people calling supposedly from one public service or another.

It may help the elderly and the vulnerable think themselves to be living in a safer environment.

But by creating such a zone will it not just advertise the fact that elderly and vulnerable people are actually living in a particular area? Will it simply make the elderly more vulnerable?

It may be better to see bobbies-on-the-beat patrolling those areas where the elderly and vulnerable live. At least then those in the area thinking about preying on people like us will be aware that the police are around.

It will be interesting to see how the debate continues.

I am sure that the suggestion for a cold-calling free zone has been raised for the right reasons, but I believe, too, that we may become more vulnerable.

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