I had a report from one of my Crime Free Multi-Housing apartment managers that her residents were bothered by door to door solicitors around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
She reported to me that it was a small group with two females who approached the door while the others stood back to the side. They asked for an “Ashley and Ken”, asked the resident if she had ever been kidnapped, talked about a trip to England, handed out literature and made odd noises outside doors. This nonsense occurred at a gated community with clear “No Trespassing” signage.
My advice to our Foothills community is to not open the door to anyone you don’t recognize and did not invite. If you are home and this happens, indicate your presence through the locked door to avoid the impression that the home is empty. Call your security patrol (if your community has one), and call 242-COPS from a safe place and give the operator the best description you can. If you are in a Neighborhood Watch group, let the Block Captain know so others on the block will be aware. If in an apartment community, notify the community manager too.
As the weather gets warmer, summer approaches and the days get longer, this activity is likely to increase. The Foothills Substation has a supply of “No Soliciting” signs to post at doors/windows by front doors and I have provided APD Crime Prevention “Door to Door Soliciting” brochures by the signs so citizens can learn more about the City’s ordinance and the rules for door to door soliciting.
Stay safe, Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist/APD Foothills Area Command