POLICE are urging the public to be vigilant after reports of bogus door knockers in Henley-in-Arden.

The force has been made aware that a number of individuals have been knocking on people’s doors and offering small household products for sale.

They claim to be ex-offenders on a rehabilitation scheme but police have said this is not the case and they are not affiliated with any such scheme.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant for Alcester, Dave Ebbs, said: “We have received reports recently that a number of individuals have been going round the Henley area.

“The doorstep callers offer small household products for sale which may be of poor quality, at inflated prices, and pressure homeowners into buying them by falsely claiming to be ex-convicts on probation schemes.

“The scheme does not exist and is not backed by police so although their stories can be very convincing, they are often not genuine, and these individuals are hoping to make a profit from well-intentioned people.”

He urged anyone who receives a knock at the door from someone unknown to check their ID and not to let them in if there are any suspicions they may not be genuine.

Residents should never call the phone number given on the caller’s card. People are advised to shut the door and find the company number online while the caller waits outside or police recommend asking them to come back later when a friend or relative can be present.

Sgt Ebbs added: “We would advise anyone who is unsure about someone’s identity not to open the door.”

But he said if the door is answered – residents should make it clear they do not wish to buy any products on the doorstep and if uncomfortable or concerned they can call 101 or to dial 999 in an emergency.