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Police remind Inkersall residents to protect themselves from doorstep callers

Posted on 2nd June 2015

Residents are being advised to protect themselves from doorstep callers following recent incidents.

Over recent weeks, police have received reports of people going door-to-door offering to carry out roof repair work in the Inkersall and Duckmanton areas.

Officers are teaming up to trace those responsible to ensure that they are acting responsibly and trading with a valid Pedlar's Certificate.

The Hollingwood, Inkersall and Duckmanton Safer Neighbourhood Team are advising people in the area to remain vigilant for anyone going door-to-door, particularly visiting elderly residents.

Local people are also being encouraged to follow some simple safety tips when dealing with doorstep callers. This includes asking to see the identity card of the caller, and if they are selling goods, to ask for their pedlar's certificate.

PC Adam Case from the local policing team said: "We would like to urge residents to remain cautious and to report any suspicious activity to us to help prevent a crime from happening.

"If someone calls at your door unexpectedly, always make sure that you ask for identification and do not feel pressured into paying for goods or services there and then.

"I would also ask residents to keep a look out for their neighbours who may be elderly and more vulnerable to door-step callers."

Other crime prevention advice includes:

  • Never invite a stranger into your home; if they ask to use the toilet, for a drink or to make a call then direct them to the nearest public facilities;
  • Question whether you really need the goods or services they are offering and don't be obliged to buy or sign up to anything on the spot. Try using Derbyshire County Council's Trusted Trader scheme to help find a reliable trader at a fair price;
  • Remember- genuine callers will not mind while you make these checks;
  • Keep an eye out for your neighbours and report any suspicious activity to police by noting down any information you have including descriptions of anyone in the area and the details of any vehicles.

To report a suspected rogue trader in your neighbourhood, call police on 101.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow the team on Twitter: @InkersallSNT

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.