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Residents urged to be alert after two burglaries in the Ashbourne area which may be linked to doorstep sellers

Alert message sent 07/11/2019 08:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

We are appealing for information and urging residents to be security wise around doorstep callers after two burglaries and suspicious incidents during the past week.

Both incidents took place on Friday 1 November. Cash was stolen from homes on Alport Close in Hulland Ward, and Green Road in Ashbourne.

The homes had been visited by someone who had called at the door unannounced to sell goods between 12pm and 12.30 that day.

Also, at around 10.30am on Friday 1 November, we had a report of a doorstep seller, who was allegedly being aggressive, on Park Avenue in Ashbourne.

On Wednesday 30 October a resident on Hillside Avenue, Ashbourne, contacted us to report a man going door to door and claiming to be collecting for charity, who they felt had been suspicious.

PC Debbie Holmes, of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time to contact us, and would remind people to be alert to doorstep callers.

“If you don’t know who is at the door, don’t open it. If you do, always use the door chain and make sure any other doors and windows are locked before opening it.”

PC Holmes added: “Check the identity of any caller. Ask to see a pedlar’s certificate if they want you to buy items at the door, or if they claim to be working for a company or organisation confirm their identity by calling the place they say they work using a number from the telephone directory or a bill.

“If you think you may have been a victim or a suspicious caller comes to your home, contact police immediately as an offender isn’t likely to stay in the same area for a long time.”

Other advice you can follow around doorstep callers includes:
  • Asking a neighbour to come around to check the caller before you open the door.
  • Tell them to come back at a time when someone will be at home with you.
  • Before answering the front door, make sure your back door and any windows are locked and closed.
  • Use the door chain every time you answer the door.
  • If the caller is selling something or offering work on your house or garden tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave. Genuine, reputable firms won’t need to drum up business by cold calling.

Did you notice anything suspicious in these areas or do you have any information which may be able to help? If so, please get in touch using one of the following non-emergency contact methods. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

If any local residents need advice or items such as door chains, alarms or other crime prevention items, you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team on the non-emergency contact details above.
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