Larimer County Sheriff’s Department
With the onset of warm weather, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is expecting a rise in complaints in reference to door-to-door sales.
During past years, the sheriff’s office received a number of complaints about salespeople defrauding homeowners. Reports stated that magazine salespeople misrepresented themselves by stating they were college students attending an out-of-town school and may claim to live in the neighborhood or have relatives in the area. Some homeowners reported they were told by the salespeople that the magazines could be donated to local hospitals and/or troops overseas.
When questioned further about these statements, the salespeople were unable to provide adequate answers. It is also suspected that other crimes may be committed while salespeople are inside the houses. Deputies say these door-to-door salespeople may ask for a drink of water or to use the restroom. When the homeowner’s backs are turned, other crimes may have taken place.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public to be aware of door-to-door salespeople in the area. It is suggested that homeowners do not open their doors to strangers and to only purchase items from known, reputable outlets. If a suspicious person attempts to gain entry into your home, call law enforcement. And above all, secure garage doors, vehicles and entry doors.
Anyone with questions about personal safety and that of their family, they are encouraged to contact the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Crime Prevention Unit at (970) 498-5159.