Alfreton: Police launch doorstep caller warning

Police stock pix.Picture Richard Ponter 134127a
Police stock pix.Picture Richard Ponter 134127a

Residents are being advised to protect themselves from doorstep callers following recent incidents in the Alfreton area.

Police were alerted to an incident at around 7.20pm on Monday, December 1 of a man that was going door to door around the Buntingbank Close area of South Normanton.

It is believed that the man had acted in an aggressive manner whilst attempting to sell goods.

Officers also received reports from residents regarding door step callers around Broad Meadows and Rangewood Road in South Normanton, Alfreton.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “I would like to encourage residents to remain cautious and to report any suspicious activity to us on 101 to help us to prevent a crime from happening.

“If someone calls at your door, always ask for identification and if they are selling goods, ask for their pedlar’s certificate. Remember, genuine callers will not mind assisting while you make these checks.

“Do not feel pressured into buying from a caller. 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. You may get a better deal if you shop around or get alternative quotes.”

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;

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.

For more information or to speak to the policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.