Trading Standards issues doorstep Census warning

By on 18/03/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council has issued a warning to local residents to be on their guard after reports from neighbouring authorities of bogus doorstep callers pretending to be Census officials in order to gain access to the homes of vulnerable people.

 The call comes ahead of next month's scheduled door-to-door visits to all homes which fail to return completed Census questionnaires from March 27th onwards.

 Ahead of this Trading Standards officials are calling on the public to follow a few simple principles in order to ensure they remain safe, whilst also fulfilling their legal obligation to complete a Census return.

 Cllr Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee, said: “When the door step visits begin there will be hundreds of perfectly legitimate officials knocking on doors across the city in order to ensure the Census is completed as fully as possible by anyone who has failed to take part so far.

 “We fully support this work but would urge all citizens, and especially more vulnerable groups, to take extra care and double check for identification before letting Census officials into their homes.

 “Of course the best way to avoid any doubt is to return the Census questionnaire on or as soon after March 27th as possible, meaning their will be no reason for a legitimate official to call at your property to chase up the information.”

 The majority of door step visits will not begin until after 6th April, for more information, or if anyone is concerned and wants to check the authenticity of a person at their door, please contact the Census helpline on 0300 02 01 101.

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