We use essential cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. These will be set only if you accept.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our cookies page.

Essential Cookies

Essential cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. For example, the selections you make here about which cookies to accept are stored in a cookie.

You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics Cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify you.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are ones planted by other websites while using this site. This may occur (for example) where a Twitter or Facebook feed is embedded with a page. Selecting to turn these off will hide such content.

Skip to main content

Crime Prevention Advice Around Door-To-Door Sales

By Belinda Baker, Parish Clerk Headbourne Worthy Parish Council

Monday, 29 March 2021


Headbourne Worthy Parish Council Contributor


Hampshire Police are warning residents to remain vigilant about doorstep sellers and fraud.

This comes after ten reports of doorstep sellers, known colloquially as ‘Nottingham Knockers’, were received in Andover yesterday (28 March).

Many legitimate businesses sell products door-to-door; gas, electricity and water companies need to visit to read your meters; and charities will often call seeking donations. But fraudsters may also knock on your door to part you from your money, or get into your home to steal from you.

The sellers are usually young men who go door-to-door selling household products at inflated prices. They will often claim to be working on behalf of a charity, to support their family, or that they are ex-offenders working as part of a rehabilitation scheme.

They may even show you an ID card before trying to sell to you, the company is unlikely to be legitimate and the card could be a laminated piece of card with a picture on it.

Usually, they work for an unregistered company and are transported to an area in a group to cold call on addresses. They won’t hold the license needed for this type of sale.

Sometimes the scam is used as a way of scoping out addresses for potential burglaries.

Sgt Richard Taylor said: “You should not feel under any obligation to buy from people on your doorstep.

“We would encourage residents to report all incidents to police, and to firmly but politely refuse the sales. We would discourage all purchases from doorstep sellers unless you are certain of their veracity.

“Should they become aggressive and refuse to leave, please phone us immediately on 999. If it is non-urgent and you wish to inform us of the incident, please call on 101 or report it via our website.”

Here is some advice on doorstep callers:
• Always use the door chain when answering the door - if you are not sure, do not open the door

• Anyone selling door to door needs a pedlar’s certificate, which you can ask to see

• Always check the credentials of unknown callers - do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or a bill

• Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone

• Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home

• Always keep front and back doors locked

• Consider joining or setting up a No Cold Calling Zone or Neighbourhood Watch scheme

• Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately

• Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family

Contact Information

Belinda Baker, Parish Clerk

  • 07770 406607

Find Headbourne Worthy Parish Council

Headbourne Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire