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Suspicious Door to Door cold calling sales people

Alert message sent 21/01/2021 12:04:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Residents across Bracknell are being warned to be vigilant and not to become victims of burglaries.
Many burglaries appear to be purely opportunist incidents, however it is possible that offenders will have first checked out a property possibly under the cover of been a door to door salesperson, suggesting to neighbours and passing public that they have a legitimate reason for been on your land. If they get no reply to their door knock they are in the right position to check out the property, looking in through windows to see what’s available, looking to see if the rear garden is accessible and whether windows have been left open etc
Local police are receiving calls about suspicious door to door sales people, known by many as “Nottingham Knockers”, who are trying to sell goods from large shoulder bags.
In the past the goods offered for sale are readily available items such as dusters and tea towels and often the salesperson claims to be selling them on behalf of a charity or as part their rehabilitation/ resettlement.
If someone knocks making such claims then there is every possibility that they are not a genuine caller.
Protect yourself and your property by following this simple safety advice:
IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT.

If you are not sure who is at your door, don’t answer it.

Check by looking through a window or door viewer to check, before opening your door.

Use a door chain or bar to prevent the sales person from stepping in.

Check the identity of the caller, all reputable organisations issue staff with photo ID cards.  You can ask to be handed it, to see it, and to be able to read it and if necessary phone the organisation the caller is from.

Don’t mention how much money you have in the house and never hand over cash unless you are 100% satisfied with what you are buying.

Don’t let them in to demonstrate their goods.

If you are suspicious call the Police on 101
 

If you have any information relating to such instances or would like to report a crime please contact Thames Valley Police via the non-emergency number 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, calls are not traced or recorded and you will not have to attend court.
For more crime prevention advice visit the protecting your home section on the Thames Valley Police  website   www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/burglary
 
Neighbours looking out for each other, and been prepared to report suspicious activity also helps deter offenders and reduce crime. If you want to find out if there is already a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area, or you’d like to find out more, check out their site www.ourwatch.org.uk
 
 
 
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Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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