Norfolk residents are being urged to be vigilant following a number of reports of suspected cold callers operating in the Norfolk area.
It’s after police have received five reports of men cold calling at addresses in the Stalham and Potter Heigham areas asking for money or offering goods for sale door to door.
In most instances a male has knocked on victim’s doors and has stated he was either ‘an ex prisoner’ or ‘out of work’ and needed money or was selling cleaning products.
Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett would like to remind householders to be vigilant.
He said: “Please remember you do not have to open your door to cold callers.
“Close and lock your back door before answering the front door. If you do not recognise the person, speak through the closed and locked door.
“If they are selling something or offering to do any work on your house or garden, tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave. If they persist tell them you will call the police and call us on 999. If you have any doubt – keep them out.”
Colleagues at Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards advise that residents should never agree to buy goods from, or have work done, by someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.
Often such traders don’t provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods.
Anyone feeling threatened by a cold caller should call 999 immediately. Anyone with information about suspected rogue traders should contact police on 101, Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.