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Police warn residence about doorstep callers
Police are reminding residents in Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, Bolsover and the Amber Valley to make sure they check the identity of doorstep callers.
The advice comes following reports of people calling at homes wanting and offering to sell goods, with the latest incident taking place on Wednesday, October 3 at Sheepcote Road, Killamarsh.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “We really want to remind residents of the importance of checking for identity when people come to the door. While nothing happened in this incident, there have been times where residents have sadly become the victim of a burglary while being distracted by someone on the door step.
“Our advice to residents is that if you are not sure who is calling, then don’t open the door. Always check the identity of callers or ask a trusted friend or neighbour to come over and check them out.”
Inspector Dakin added: “In order to legitimately sell goods door to door people must carry a pedlar’s certificate, an official document issued by police, and we would advise residents to always ask to see this before buying.
“Genuine callers will understand and be prepared to wait while you make the necessary checks. If you have any doubts or if they are persistent, then contact the police, who will be able to verify their identity.”
A Pedlar’s Certificate is issued by the police force from which the salesman lives, and people can be arrested or summoned to court for trading without one. They are valid for a year and should include a description of the holder on the certificate.
George Wharmby, Amber Sound FM News
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