Two more door-to-door alerts have come in, apparently from the same block – another report of solicitors saying they’re representing Comcast, but raising neighbors’ suspicions anyway. The Seattle Municipal Code restricts door-to-door sales to between 8 am and 9 pm (read the code here), and this all happened shortly before the end of that window. Read on:
First, from Katie:
While the events in my neighborhood are not as threatening as the gunshots in Highland Park, I do want to report some suspicious characters roaming about 40th Ave SW (south of Alaska, north of Dawson) this evening. Around 8:45 P.M. ours and our neighbors dogs starting going bananas, barking like mad and pawning at our side gates. I looked outside to see a shadowy figure moving along the side of my neighbor’s house. Thinking it was my neighbor, I went outside but then heard a voice I was not at all familiar with. My husband came out immediately and the voice (it’s getting dark early again :( so we could not see his face) said over the fence that he was from Comcast and is in the neighborhood for a few weeks offering some promotions. We said we weren’t interested and he walked out of our neighbors yard and we THOUGHT he was moving on. Two minutes later, he was making his way up our side yard! This time I could make out a flashlight that lit up his dark t-shirt and light shorts, though I still could not see his face…only the ‘badge’ hanging form his neck. I asked him to leave and said we weren’t interested in any promotions. We followed up this encounter with a call to the police (non-emergency hotline) and they said they’d send someone by in a car. My husband and I saw the guy join up with another male and head south on 40th SW, stopping suspiciously outside our other neighbor’s gate before moving on.
Just a heads up and please encourage people to call the police if they see anything suspicious. The two guys seemed to be casing places, so at the very least at this point, we can make the police aware and perhaps a presence will scare them off.
Then we got this one from Ali:
Around 8:45 tonight, a white male walked in between my house and my neighbors’ house toward the gate going into our back yard. My dog and my neighbors’ dog went crazy so my neighbor and I both walked out to see what was going on. This is odd because our front doors are very easy to see and there is no reason for anyone to enter through our side gate. My neighbor asked the man what he needed and he said his name was Travis with Comcast and he was in the neighborhood for a couple weeks running promotions. My neighbor told him we weren’t interested and he walked away. Our neighbors then walked their dog down the street and saw this man along with another man in shorts and t-shirts carrying clip boards and flashlights and walking down 40th Ave SW headed South. I did notify the non-emergency number.
The full list of city laws regarding residential (door-to-door) sales is here – we keep the link on the West Seattle Crime Watch page, too; not to say this type of selling is a crime, but since it often arouses suspicions, seemed like the most likely place on our site for people to look for it.