In an emergency always call 999

Police issue advice after a door step caller is stopped in Hathersage

Posted on 17th July 2014

Safer Neighbourhood officers are encouraging residents in Hathersage to remain vigilant following a suspicious incident in the area.

Police were alerted to an incident at 3.15pm on Friday, July 11 after residents reported a man a man offering goods for sale on Jaggers Lane in Hathersage.

The offender was stopped by police and he was found to be trading without a pedlar’s certificate. He has been strongly advised about the importance of trading with the correct documentation by police.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage policing team said: “We are encouraging residents to continue to be cautious and to report any suspicious activity to police to help to prevent a crime from happening.

“We are advising people to keep front and back doors locked when at home, use a chain when opening the door and if someone calls at your door unexpectedly, always make sure that you ask for identification.”

Officers are advising residents to follow some simple safety tips when dealing with doorstep callers, including asking to see the identity card of the caller, and if they are selling goods, to ask for their pedlar’s certificate.

They should take the ID card or certificate, close the door and examine it from inside, and to call the organisation they work for using a number from the telephone directory or a utility bill if they are unsure.

To contact Derbyshire police call the non-emergency number on 100, except in an emergency when the number is always 999.

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