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Unwanted doorstep callers

doorstep crime

A WARNING has been issued by the police concerning doorstep callers who are offering small household products for sale.

The callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, however they are not part of any rehabilitation scheme and are often known criminals.

Police have urged people to warn their neighbours, particularly elderly or vulnerable, not to open the door to strangers or buy or sell on the doorstep.

Some doorstep callers may offer poor quality goods at inflated prices and if a caller is not genuine they may be gathering information for future crime.

For a good description of the operating method and what to be aware of, click here

We've had sightings of people who may be operating this way in the Chelford area

If someone does come to the door, it's important to remember the following:

  • Only let someone in if you're expecting them or they're a trusted friend, family member or professional.
  • Don't feel embarrassed about turning someone away.
  • Don't feel pressured. Don't agree to sign a contract or hand over money at the door.
  • Think about it and talk to someone you trust.
  • Check their credentials. You should always check someone'scredentials – a genuine person won't mind. You can phone the company they represent or check online, but never use contact details they give you.
  • Don't share your PIN. Never disclose your PIN number or let anyone persuade you to hand over your bank card or withdraw cash.
  • Call the police. Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you're not in immediate danger but want to report an incident. But call 999 if you feel threatened or in danger.
  • Take the time to think about any offer, even if it's genuine. Don't be embarrassed to say 'No' to people or ask them to leave.
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