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NO COLD-calling zones are being set up across Portsmouth to give a message to canvassers to stay away.

Portsmouth Square Deal – Trading Standards’ fair trade scheme – is sponsoring the zones following an increase in the number of bogus callers pretending to be door-to-door salespeople.

They distract residents while an accomplice enters the property from a different entrance and burgles the home.

Square Deal was set up to protect consumers from rogue traders by offering legitimate businesses the chance to become approved members.

Steve Rad from Portsmouth Square Deal said: ‘Primarily the no cold-calling zones help combat the problem of doorstep crime.

‘Not only does the scheme deter unscrupulous cold-callers from approaching people living in the zones, but more importantly, it gives people the confidence to say no.’

A quick response hotline has been set up for people to call if they are concerned about a canvasser.

Call 01962 833666.