Cold shoul­der

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

The cam­paign to make Ar­ran the first ‘no cold caller’ is­land in Scot­land is to be ap­plauded.

Any­thing which helps de­ter un­wanted, nui­sance or fraud­u­lent call­ers try­ing to prey on, par­tic­u­larly, the el­derly should be pro­moted and en­cour­aged.

And to say that the whole is­land is a no cold caller zone sends out a pretty strong mes­sage and ev­ery­one who puts their name on the pe­ti­tion, set up by Liz Rose, is mak­ing that more of a re­al­ity.

Of course any scheme has to have the back­ing of Trad­ing Stan­dards, Po­lice Scot­land and a range of part­ners and it is good to see that they are on board.

Mak­ing it quite clear these peo­ple are not wel­come here from when they step on to the ferry, drive into a vil­lage or knock on any­one’s door with the warn­ing sticker can­not say: ‘I didn’t know’ when they face a crim­i­nal charge.

But the author­i­ties can only do so much. It is up to all of us to be vig­i­lant and to look out for any el­derly or in­firm neigh­bours from these un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als who, with­out soul or con­scious, see them as a soft touch.

So let’s back the ‘no cold caller’ cam­paign and make the is­land a safer place for all of us.

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