Chesterfield residents urged to be extra vigilant around door step callers

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Chesterfield residents are being urged to be extra vigilant around door step callers over the festive period.

At around 12.40pm on Monday, December 15, officers received reports of a man that was attempting to sell goods door to door in the Deerlands Road area of Chesterfield.

Officers carried out a search to offer advice about the importance of trading with a Pedlar’s Certificate; however it appears that he had already moved out of the area.

At around 1.30pm on the same day, police were called after two men were asking to carry out work on properties on Scarsdale Close in Dronfield.

Police are asking residents to be aware of door step callers, especially in the run up to Christmas, and not to feel pressured into buying goods at your door without checking for quotes from other suppliers.

Officers are advising residents to follow some simple safety tips when dealing with doorstep callers, including asking to see the identity card of the caller, and if they are selling goods, to ask for their Pedlar’s Certificate.

They should take the ID card or certificate, close the door and examine it from inside, and to call the organisation they work for using a number from the telephone directory or a utility bill if they are unsure.

To contact Derbyshire police call the non-emergency number on 100, except in an emergency when the number is always 999.