Law enforcement agencies across the Grand Valley are receiving reports of suspicious incidents involving door-to-door salesmen. The people reporting the incidents say young people claiming to be magazine and book salesmen are knocking on doors, asking odd questions when people answer the door, or trying doorknobs when people do not answer the door. There are also reports of the salesmen looking in cars or asking to use people’s bathroom.
Local law enforcement warns residents not to let strangers into their homes, and to not give money to people unless you are absolutely sure who they are and what they plan to do with it. If you do answer the door and are asked to purchase items, ask for identification and contact information before giving the person any money. That way you can do your homework and research the company first. Also, most legitimate companies don’t require you to purchase the items immediately, so don’t feel pressured into making the purchase while the person is at your door if you do not feel comfortable doing so.
Other safety tips include locking and securing your house and your cars, even when you are at home and when the cars are parked in your driveway. Thieves are willing to break in during both the day and night.
This is not the first time we have seen this type of suspicious behavior in the Grand Valley. These types of incidents tend to come and go in waves, as the groups involved come and go from the area. If you see any of this suspicious behavior happening in your neighborhood, call 911 to report i