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Police issue advice after people left feeling 'uneasy' by door to door sellers

Police issue advice after people left feeling 'uneasy' by door to door sellers

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:30pm 28th April 2018. (Updated at 12:12pm 29th April 2018)

Police have issued advice after being made aware of people feeling uneasy by door to door seller's tactics.

Callington Police advised that they had been told about a group of youths selling cleaning products door to door.

The force said they claim to be in a rehabilitation programme for young offenders.

The sellers presented a peddlers license and ID before they left the area after officers gave advice and asked them to leave the area.

Police advised that people had been 'uneasy with their sales tactic' and are urging people to stay vigilant, ensuring doors are always locked and to call 99 for police if they don't leave when asked.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Callington Police have been made aware of youths going house to house in the local area selling cleaning products and household goods. They claim to be young offenders on a rehabilitation programme. Officers attended the area and spoke with the youths who provided identification and a peddlers license. They were given words of advice and asked to leave the area in which they did as people were uneasy with their sales tactic. Can we remind everyone to remain vigilant, keeping doors locked at all time and to contact Police on 999 if these people do not leave when requested to do so."

Devon and Cornwall Police advise that if you are in doubt to keep them out, particularly if you are alone and to ask them to make an appointment for when someone else will be in. If you are suspicious report the incident to police as this could help to prevent someone from being targeted. The force recommend the following advice when dealing with doorstep crime:

  •  Lock - Make sure doors and windows are locked even when there is someone home.
  • Stop - Consider if you are expecting anyone or if they have an appointment. Some thieves don't work alone and will enter through the back of the building if you are at the front door.
  • Chain- Ensure a chain or bar is across the door when you answer.
  • Check- Take care to verify their identity by asking for an ID card then close the door and call the company on a number taken from a bill or phone book not the card.

Further Advice

  • Don't be rushed when checking their identity, take your time.
  • Don’t accept numbers provided by callers as they could be fake, always look it up yourself.
  • Be vigilant when asked to have your utilities checked or fetch a ball (even when they are children), shut and lock the door before you do.
  • Never agree to repair work on the spot, say you want to get a second opinion first.
  • Don’t keep substantial amounts of cash inside your home.
  • Make sure pin numbers are kept away from debit and credit cards.
  • Sign up to a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. 
  • Make sure your property is marked so that in the unfortunate case of something being taken it can be returned correctly.
  • Stay up to date with anything happening in the area by joining our community messaging service.
  • Pass information on to vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours and help them.

There is more information from Devon and Cornwall Police on how to deal with Doorstep sellers HERE.

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