From a WSB’er who wants to be anonymous, a disturbing door-to-door visit – plus, a door-to-door note about someone who probably IS legit – both ahead:
First, the disturbing visit – which could have been legit, but the sender wanted to share word in case it wasn’t:
We’re in Highland Park on 12th Ave SW and just had someone from Honeywell Security offer a free security installation in exchange for displaying a sign. The sign he showed me looked a little worn out, which was when I thought something was fishy. I refused any services, then he went on to ask if I knew of any elderly people on the block who might be interested in a service “like Life Alert.” I told him I didn’t and watched him walk away from our house without knocking on any other doors, so I called the non-emergency line with the Seattle Police and gave them a description. I am kicking myself for not slamming the door on this guy from the get-go (he ignored our “No Solicitors” sign). We had a break-in a couple of years ago and a visit from “ADT” about two weeks before the hit and the Blog had reported a number of break-ins within blocks of our house just days beforehand, so I fear we’re being cased again.
Now, the note about someone who likely IS legit. We got a Facebook note from Nicole, worried about someone who wanted to come into her home to replace light bulbs. From the other descriptive points she included, it sounds like it was a rep from the Seattle City Light “Powerful Neighborhoods” program, which was expanding further into our area last time we checked. You can read more about the program here (it includes contact info, if you have a question). We took a closer look at the program back in July, when more workers were being trained and the area expansion was announced.