Thursday, 18 December 2014

Door to door sellers - Aylesbury Vale

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert and has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police.

Thames Valley Police is asking local residents to remain on their guard, following reports of door-to-door sellers calling in the Aylesbury Vale area.

These types of sellers often offer trinkets or household goods etc and should be in possession of a Pedlars Certificate.

To trade without a certificate is an offence under the Pedlars Act 1871.

Police are advising residents to check any caller's certificate and if you are unsure of them or are suspicious in any way to call the police on 101.

‘No cold calling’ stickers are available from Bucks County Council Trading Standards office – opening hours and further advice and information can be found by clicking on the link.

Alternatively you can call Diane Brown at Aylesbury Police Station on 01296 396262, but do not use this number for reporting incidents, which should be called through on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

The cold calling stickers do not necessarily stop someone knocking on the door but if the seller refuses to leave when requested they commit offences under Consumer protection of unfair trading legislation.

Further advice about dealing with cold callers can be found on the Thames Valley Police site or by calling on 101.

Please pass this message on to any vulnerable or elderly residents in your area as they are more likely to be a target of door step crime.

Click for the Thames Valley Police website