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Saturday 25 June 2011

Cheshire East working to stamp out doorstep crime

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Primary school pupils are being given tips from Cheshire East Council on how to help themselves and their families be safe if bogus callers come knocking at the door.

The authority’s consumer protection and investigations team is offering Year 6 children an interactive presentation to help raise awareness of ‘safety at the door’ to prevent doorstep crime.

An activity booklet for pupils has also been drawn up, as well as an educational website called ‘Knock Knock, Who’s There’, which has been developed to provide resources for children, parents and teachers to learn about doorstep safety together.

Children are also made aware of buying goods from shops or over the internet. The aim is for youngsters to learn and pass on their education and knowledge to others including parents, grandparents, carers and elderly neighbours and relatives.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “Consumer rights, advice and education are vitally important issues for everyone.

“This long-term campaign helps to prepare children in case of bogus calls but it also aims to make them wary of buying goods and services, either in a shop or over the internet and how the rules and regulations apply and what to do if things go wrong.

“Sessions in Sandbach and Knutsford have been a great success so far and we will then be looking to roll the project out across the rest of Cheshire East in the coming years.”

Consumer protection and investigations is now welcoming interest from other primary schools who would like to benefit from the presentation.

For interested schools, the team will meet with them to discuss pupils’ needs before officers begin their work.

One officer will undertake a lesson on doorstep crime and bogus callers at the door, whilst another will undertake a presentation on consumer rights when purchasing goods and services.

Following the lessons, pupils will be provided with an activity booklet and asked to design, draw or paint a landscape A4 poster showing a key message learnt during the visit.

Councillors and officers will then judge which are the top 12 entries and place them on to a calendar for the following year.

Calendars will then be printed around December time, so that pupils can pass them on to elderly residents or relatives as a Christmas present.

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