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Advice after door to door selling reports

Press Release   •   Dec 12, 2018 14:55 GMT

We are advising householders in the Romsey area to be vigilant after reports of men selling door to door on Saturday 8 December.

The first incident took place at around 1.30pm on Willowbrook New Road, Timsbury - a man describing himself as an ex-offender became verbally aggressive when asked to leave.

In the second incident, we received a report of a man trying to sell items at about 3.30pm on Furze Drive, Romsey.

Here is some handy advice:

  • Always use the door chain when answering the door - if you are not sure, do not open the door
  • Anyone selling door to door needs a pedlar’s certificate, which you can ask to see
  • Always check the credentials of unknown callers - do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or a bill
  • Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone
  • Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home
  • Always keep front and back doors locked
  • Consider joining or setting up a No Cold Calling Zone or Neighbourhood Watch scheme
  • Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately
  • Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family
  • Call 101 to tell us about any unexpected callers - this helps us build a picture of where potential criminals are operating
  • Check your home security

If you have any information about these incidents, please call 101 quoting 44180457821 or 44180457968.

In an emergency, call 999.