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Door to door sellers

Alert message sent 20/11/2018 11:04:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Concerns regarding door to door sellers have been reported across the district recently.  Please remember that anyone offering goods for sale at your door should have a pedlar’s certificate.  Please report abusive and or aggressive sellers to police (including descriptions of persons involved and vehicles if known).

 

Follow the below advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime:

 

  • LOCK - Keep your front and back doors locked even when you are at home.
  • STOP - Before you answer, stop and think whether you are expecting anyone. Check you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a spy hole or window to see who the caller is.  If you do not feel comfortable answering the door to someone then speak to them from behind your closed door, or not at all.
  • CHAIN - If you decide to open the door, put the chain or door bar on first, if you have one. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the caller. With PVC doors, it can be difficult and costly to fit a door chain. Check with the manufacturer before you buy a PVC door, that a chain can be fitted.
  • FIRE SAFETY - Only put on your door chain as you answer the door, don’t keep it on all the time as this could delay your exit in case of fire.
  • CHECK - Look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their organisation name or logo. Even if the caller has a pre-arranged appointment with you, check their identification card carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, call the company concerned to verify their representative’s identity. If you’re still not sure ask the caller to come back later when someone is with you.
     
    Crime prevention advice can be found at the following link:
     
    https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/
Message sent by
Simeon Poulton (Police, PC, Rushmoor District)

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