Most people that call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people turn up unannounced, with the intention of distracting you and tricking their way into your home to steal money or valuables or sell you something you do not want or need.
These types of people are often referred to as 'Nottingham Knockers', 'distraction burglars', 'bogus callers' or 'cold callers'.
If offenders are trying to sell you something on your doorstep, often cleaning products, they have been known to claim they are part of a rehabilitation scheme or similar arranged by probation services. This is not the case.
People should never feel pressured into buying something on their doorstep, whether it is goods or a service. We would urge people to contact the police if they feel threatened or intimidated.
If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours it might be worth popping over to check they are okay if you have had cold callers visit your house.
An official visitor will always arrange an appointment with you before and will not turn up unannounced.
Our advice will always be to not open the door to anyone you don't know or are not expecting. Always check by using a spy-hole or look through a window.