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Warning over doorstep traders following incidents in the Newbold area

Posted on 10th July 2014

Police are warning residents to be wary of people calling unannounced at your door to sell goods.

It is after incidents in the Newbold area where three elderly residents were approached by a man who convinced them to pay him to install door alarms for cash.

The man is believed to have been calling at homes, on Highfield Lane, Acres View Close and Malson Way, on Monday, July 7 and Tuesday, July 8.

In one incident the man was reported to have said he had been working for the council.

Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “We would urge anyone with information about these incidents to contact us as enquiries are currently on-going to trace this man, who appeared to be targeting elderly resident’s homes.

“We would also remind people of the risks of buying items from people you don’t know, who turn up unannounced. In these incidents the quality of the goods fitted did not match the price paid, and council contractors would also never ask residents for cash on the doorstep.

“Please contact police as soon as possible if you notice any suspicious people calling homes in your area, as we would much rather receive calls of suspicious incidents that turn out to be genuine rather than someone becoming the victim of a bogus caller.”

Advice to residents around doorstep callers includes:

  • If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it.
  • Check the identity of any caller. Confirm who they are by calling the company they work for using number from the telephone directory or a bill.
  • Ask a neighbour to come around to check them before you open the door.
  • Tell them to come back at a time when someone will be at home with you.
  • Keep doors and windows locked and use the door chain every time you answer the door.
  • Call the police immediately if you feel intimidated, they are suspicious or won’t go away when asked to.

The man was described as white, aged in his 20s, around 6ft to 6ft 4in tall with short, balding hair. He had been riding a bicycle.

Anyone with information about these incidents, or to report suspicious activity, should contact Derbyshire police on 101.

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