Trading Standards Institute's strongest message yet against cold calling doorstep traders* comes as thousands of consumers' lives continue to be blighted by doorstep crime every year.
There is only one way consumers can really stay safe from rogues in their own homes, and that is by saying 'no' to cold calling doorstep traders particularly those offering home maintenance services such as roofing, guttering, gardening and work on the driveway.
"Consumers who need work carried out on their house should never take the word of a cold caller for it and should take their time, using their local authority's approved trader scheme to find a workman.
"With our 'Cold Calling Don't Buy It' campaign we want to raise awareness amongst particularly the more vulnerable consumers that they have every right to reject cold calling on their own doorstep their home is their castle.
As seen on national television we are urging homeowners to use the link here to download a no cold calling 'super sign' to help them stay safe from cold calling doorstep traders.
"The sign tells cold calling doorstep traders to leave those that don't are potentially committing a criminal offence and should be reported to trading standards or the police."
Consumers who need guidance on their consumer rights or want to report a dodgy cold caller to trading standards should call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 anyone feeling threatened should call the police on 999.