Safety advice following reports of suspicious door-step callers in Ashford
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- If someone turns up unexpectedly always put a door chain on before opening the door and keep it on while talking to callers. If you don’t have a door chain, check who is at the door from the nearest window.
- Consider fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door locks and intruder alarms and always check the identity of cold callers. Don’t be afraid to turn people away.
- Always ensure rear doors and windows are shut and locked when answering your front door.
- If you have any doubts about whether a caller is genuine, ask them to leave and come back at a time convenient to you and when you've had a chance to ask someone to be with you. Call police if you suspect cold callers may be bogus.
Inspector Simon Johnson, from the Ashford Community Safety Unit, said: ‘While it is not uncommon for legitimate salespeople to knock on doors, I encourage residents to be vigilant and report any concerns to us.