Police warn that aggressive door-to-door sellers are on the rise in Whitby

An increase in aggressive door-to-door sellers in Whitby has prompted a police response in the town.

By George Buksmann
Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 5:04 pm

Whitby residents have been targeted by individuals selling household items or asking for money.

North Yorkshire Police is urging communities to be vigilant after a rise in reports of ‘cold callers’ in the area.

Individuals have been knocking on doors with the premise of selling household items or simply asking for donations of money, claiming to be recently released from prison and wishing to make a fresh start.

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Police in Whitby are asking residents to stay alert after a rise in cold callers.

When people did not purchase from them, they became quite confrontational and aggressive in their manner.

North Yorkshire Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer, Andy Fox, said: “Cold calling or door-to-door selling is not an offence itself and there are many legitimate individuals who conduct business in this way but must have a ‘Pedlar’s Licence’ which is acquired from the local police force.

“Whether someone has a licence or not, remember you never have to open your door to them. Consider installing a door chain or peephole so that you can safely see who is outside, without having to open your door.

"If the behaviour of a doorstep caller ever makes you feel pressured or uncomfortable, ask them to leave and shut the door.

“If you’re approached in your garden, politely tell the individual that you are not interested and would like them to leave. You can report suspicious doorstep sellers to the police by calling 101 or to Trading Standards.”