Inspector Antonia Weeks (responsible for Exmouth & Ottery St Mary policing areas, including Cranbrook) has posted the following alert which residents might like to aware of:
‘We have had various reports over the weekend of people calling door to door in residential areas selling household items and cleaning products etc. Whilst there is nothing at this time to suggest there is any criminality involved, unsolicited calls of this type can be unsettling or intimidating for many people.
If someone calls at your door wishing to sell something or promote a business or charity, you are under no obligation to buy or to even open the door. A door chain or spyhole can help you decide if you wish to speak with the person before opening the door. Or, you could have a sticker* or notice in your window stating you do not receive cold calls at your home.
If you see something suspicious, you are not happy about someone you have seen in your area or are concerned for a neighbour please call us on 101. Use 999 if urgent or you think a crime is being committed. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org ‘
*Advice booklets and stickers are available from the Town Council office at the Younghayes Centre.