Policing chiefs in Ryedale are encouraging vulnerable members of the community to “nominate” a neighbour who lives nearby to act as a contact for callers at their door.
The Nominated Neighbour scheme, which is being led by the Safer Ryedale Partnership, helps them to check whether cold callers are genuine.
Inspector Andy Everitt, commander of Ryedale’s police force, said: “Some people may not have the confidence to deal robustly with callers at their door. This scheme is aimed at these vulnerable people and we are looking for friends in their street to support them by helping them to deal with unwanted or unexpected callers. If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour, then please come forward as a ‘Nominated Neighbour’ for them.”
A “Nominated Neighbour” could be anyone from friend, family member, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, warden or parish councillor who lives nearby and is willing to be a contact for callers at the door and to determine whether they are genuine. If the caller is genuine, the nominated neighbour can then accompany the caller back to the vulnerable person’s house.
Safer Ryedale believe it helps to reduce fear of crime and protects the vulnerable from distraction burglaries.