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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #90 on: April 16, 2013, 09:48:52 am »
Isn't about time there was a law preventing uninvited door-to-door calling?  I've had two such visits over recent days and they are annoying because 1) they were not expected, 2) they are selling something I don't want and in which I have no interest, 3) they could be a worry to vulnerable people living alone. It's okay if I am expecting a delivery, but just wandering up to my door, ringing the bell then wasting my time with their sales patter is not on.  I try to be polite, but it's not easy.
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #91 on: April 16, 2013, 12:47:31 pm »
Pesky election candiates no doubt :) You can trap them humanely and release them where  they can
do no harm or just put bait down for them. ;)
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #92 on: April 16, 2013, 03:29:53 pm »
Isn't about time there was a law preventing uninvited door-to-door calling?  I've had two such visits over recent days and they are annoying because 1) they were not expected, 2) they are selling something I don't want and in which I have no interest, 3) they could be a worry to vulnerable people living alone. It's okay if I am expecting a delivery, but just wandering up to my door, ringing the bell then wasting my time with their sales patter is not on.  I try to be polite, but it's not easy.
Agreed - same as telephone sales calls.
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #93 on: April 16, 2013, 06:11:02 pm »
After a very polite "thank you, I am not interested" I would have no qualms about being less than polite.  Here in the UAE it is mostly mobile calls, not door.  I use exactly the same words and then cut the line, usually after a further angry "I have said I am not interested"

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #94 on: April 16, 2013, 06:58:32 pm »
I tend to look out of the window and then don't bother to answer.
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #95 on: June 25, 2013, 01:09:19 pm »
A young man claiming to be unemployed, from Middlesbrough and with a wife and family to support, has just called at our house asking me to spare him five minutes so he can show me things he is selling to try to make a living. He may well have been genuine, but I was concerned by the way he kept leaning from left to right trying to look behind me into the house as if casing the place.
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #96 on: June 26, 2013, 02:40:22 pm »
He knocked on my house and was terrified of my dogs and did a runner pretty quick, did not even mention selling but had a large bag.  He looked fairly 'out of it' to me
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #97 on: June 26, 2013, 02:50:10 pm »
We had him yesterday tea time - he was with a friend - the friend was acting oddly. HE did show me an identity card (i was busy in the garage and didn't take too much notice)
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #98 on: June 26, 2013, 06:58:55 pm »
HE did show me an identity card (i was busy in the garage and didn't take too much notice)

I would like to see his ID. What organisation was he representing, a made up one perhaps.
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #99 on: June 29, 2013, 07:07:53 pm »
Isn't about time there was a law preventing uninvited door-to-door calling?  I've had two such visits over recent days and they are annoying because 1) they were not expected,  I try to be polite, but it's not easy.

The God Botherers called on me this morning.

I told them I was gettng ready to donate some blood and they cleared off a bit lively.

I invited one in the other week and sat her on the sofa and asked what she wanted to talk about.

She replied "Dunno really, I've never got this far before!"

True facts!!
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #100 on: June 29, 2013, 09:25:42 pm »
We had them too - I had the contents of the garage strewn across the drive, my eldest shouting "mum" in a panicked way and the youngest screaming - she looked more afraid of us inviting her in, so accepted my "no thank you" without argument.
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #101 on: June 29, 2013, 10:42:44 pm »
The God Botherers called on me this morning.

I told them I was gettng ready to donate some blood and they cleared off a bit lively.

I invited one in the other week and sat her on the sofa and asked what she wanted to talk about.

She replied "Dunno really, I've never got this far before!"

True facts!!

Brilliant!!   :icon_jokercolor:
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #102 on: July 01, 2013, 07:40:38 pm »
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #103 on: November 27, 2014, 07:02:42 pm »
Police say unregistered sales people have been calling at homes in Brookmans Park tonight. Sgt Stephen Hynes of the Safer Neighbourhood Team says local PCSO Bill McCaskie saw one salesman operating in Peplins Way and walked the man to Brookmans Park station this evening. "Bill suggested he got on a train - he can be persuasive", Sgt Hynes said. Officers say that unless they have a permit issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary they are not allowed to sell door-to-door.
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #104 on: November 27, 2014, 07:44:12 pm »
Well done PCSO Bill McC.  The person came to our house and was offensive when we refused to buy anything.  Not a great sales technique.  I am really pleased Bill was able to do something about the person concerned.
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #105 on: November 27, 2014, 09:24:28 pm »
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #106 on: November 27, 2014, 09:39:33 pm »
Sgt Steven Hynes has now emailed a fuller report of tonight's incident. Unusual writing style for a police update; it made me smile.  :)

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27/11 1830hrs. Brookmans Park. While on cycle patrol. In the cold and dark, PCSO Bill McCaskie saw a male knocking door to door. The male was checked out and didnít have a licence to trade. So Bill kindly offered his help to take him to the nearby train station personally. Words of advice were given and the male left. Words Sheriff, Town and Out come to mind.But the modern version involves a Police liveried large mountain bike instead of a horse.

Followed by an updated tweet.

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #107 on: November 27, 2014, 10:40:56 pm »
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27/11 1830hrs. Brookmans Park. While on cycle patrol. In the cold and dark, PCSO Bill McCaskie saw a male knocking door to door. The male was checked out and didnít have a licence to trade. So Bill kindly offered his help to take him to the nearby train station personally. Words of advice were given and the male left. Words Sheriff, Town and Out come to mind.But the modern version involves a Police liveried large mountain bike instead of a horse.
I am not blowing my own trumpet. This is what my Sgt posted on OWL tonight. On a more serious note I would just like to say how pleased I am with the residents of Bradmore way and Peplins. Whilst I was running police checks on this male he complained that he was really getting a hard time off the people who's doors he had knocked on. He informed me that he had cold called all-over the country and found it easy to make people part with their money elsewhere.I don't think he had made a sale in your village. Hopefully he will target somewhere else now and leave you all in peace. Please don't buy from these people turn them away and tell them this is a neighbourhood watch area and you intend to call police. 
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #108 on: December 03, 2014, 01:40:20 pm »
Good work Bill.
 

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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #109 on: December 07, 2014, 04:11:31 pm »
Nice one Bill. Had these guys call up to mine a few times in the past.


Usually say they are ex HMP/miltary to get the in and then give it the hard passive aggressive sell which is really tedious to deal with.


Have never bought from them and never will.




So good to have a PCSO thats hands on and a visual presence and all over this kind of stuff.


Keep it up.


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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #110 on: February 12, 2015, 04:28:43 pm »
Two males have been going house to house in Potters Bar this afternoon. Males have been selling dusters and have been intimidating to our caller. They have been stopped by police and spoken to. They have stated they intend to come to Brookmans Park this evening. unfortunately I am going of duty soon but if you have anyone knock on your door tonight please don't buy of them and send them away. If you feel intimidated then please call police on our non emergency number and hopefully officers can attend and move them on again. If you don't want to speak with them don't answer your door.
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #111 on: January 05, 2016, 04:45:42 pm »
There is a really nice lad calling door-to-door this evening. Says he is from Hartlepool and is on a young offenders programme. He also spoke about having a learning disability. He spoke about wanting to better himself and earn a living. He's got a rucksack on his back and wanted to show me items for sale, but I told him we don't buy from door-to-door sales folk. He said he'd had only two sales after knocking on 40 doors. Felt really bad sending him on his way because he was really polite and he looked vulnerable. I wonder if it's one of these sales campaigns where young men are dropped off to cover the local area.
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #112 on: January 05, 2016, 07:26:45 pm »
He was from Middlesbrough when calling in Welham Green! I wished him luck, I'm familiar with unemployment.
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Re: Door-to-door caller warning for Brookmans Park
« Reply #113 on: January 05, 2016, 07:33:33 pm »
He was from Middlesbrough when calling in Welham Green! I wished him luck, I've familiar with unemployment.

Interesting, perhaps it was a different lad? There are probably a few of them in the area. I can't help feeling they are being exploited by someone.
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