POLICE in Gosport are warning residents about a door-to-door sales scam which has led to a series of burglaries.
Dubbed ‘Nottingham Knockers’ after the city in which the scam originated, the salesmen knock at doors claiming to be ex-convicts and try to sell the occupant everyday households products at high prices.
PC Tara Magnus from the Gosport Priority Crime team said: ‘Nottingham Knockers are not involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programme and many do not carry Pedlar’s Certificates which are issued by the police and permit people to sell door-to-door.
‘Selling door-to-door without this certificate is a criminal offence and I’d advise all residents to refrain from buying goods at the doorstep and not to buckle to pressure from salespeople offering supposedly one-off low prices.
‘There have been a number of sightings of Nottingham Knockers in the area over the last two weeks including on Western Way and Solent Way, Alverstoke, and Lychgate Green, Stubbington.’
Police say that since March 14 they have received five reports of burglaries at unoccupied homes in the Alverstoke area.
Police are investigating the possibility that people are using the excuse of door-to-door selling to get a closer look at empty properties.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.