Periodically we get reports of questionable activities by solicitors going door to door in the neighborhood.
This email came this morning from Sarah:
Two days ago a young woman came to my door selling magazine subscriptions. She was well-spoken and had what looked like “official documents” from a company called PS Circulation. We chatted for a bit, and then she left.
The next day when I was not home, she came by again and asked if she could use our bathroom, telling my husband that she was a friend of mine from work. The whole encounter felt a bit strange, and I suspect that she was scoping our home for a potential burglary. So, heads up Maple Leaf!
Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, recently sent out advice for such situations.
Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.
A pdf of that advice is here (click through the following page): door_to_door_sales.