Door-to-door alert, the sequel

Though this post is 10 days old and long since fallen off the WSB home page, it’s still getting comments because of other related sightings, including one last night in Pigeon Point — worth another look before that next knock at your door, especially the police advice in this newsletter. (Which reminds us, next Tuesday is the monthly West Seattle Community Safety Partnership meeting – 7 pm @ the Southwest Precinct – and as we all were reminded last month, it’s a great place to get updated information on what/who to watch out for and how to protect your home and your family.)

8 Replies to "Door-to-door alert, the sequel"

  • Elikapeka September 16, 2007 (10:25 am)

    A few months ago we had one of those kids with the tubs of candy in the neighborhood….we didn’t answer the door (never do if we don’t know the person knocking) and then watched her open mailboxes at houses when no one was home. Called the police, but they didn’t seem too interested. We told them what direction she was going, but never saw any response and don’t know if they may have caught up with her later. There had been no mail delivery on our block yet, but it’s something to keep in mind.

  • Todd September 17, 2007 (7:32 am)

    Someone knocked on my door at 9 PM the other night! Skimming the article linked here, written by the police, it seems to imply that certain hours upto 9 PM are legal to solicit? 9 PM is too late in my opinion. Also, I have a no solicitors sign but I don’t think it works too well. It is placed right where someone would knock on my door.

  • WSG September 17, 2007 (10:46 am)

    I had some lady come by my house Saturday “looking for the owner”. My front door was open since a friend was leaving. This person said “oh, you look busy, I’ll come back” but never said who she was with or what she wanted. She looked a bit tired/worn out – definetly not the Avon lady! I didn’t see her going to other houses really, nor did she return. Creepy.

  • MargL September 17, 2007 (3:39 pm)

    Just had some guy come to the door in a yellow ‘construction-type’ vest and a dirty T-shirt saying he was Mike from something that sounded like “Tripple Tree Services” and that they were just in the area seeing if anyone needed service. Seemed a little weird.

  • Charlie September 17, 2007 (8:54 pm)

    This is an ‘oldie but goodie’ that I hadn’t seen in a while. Just had a young door-to-door visitor selling magazines to earn ‘points’ for ‘a second chance’ for her education, Admiral neighborhood. High-pressure, very rehearsed pitch; instant change from cloyingly deferential to icy, at best, as soon as I made it clear I wasn’t buying. Showed me a badge but flashed it around too quickly for me to see a company name. Left in a van shortly after visiting our house.

  • Chet September 18, 2007 (3:10 pm)

    Oh man, those door to door bussed in by van magazine sellers are the worst! I don’t answer my door these days ofcourse but when I was younger and nicer I dealt with them as best I could before I just said I have to go and closed the door. Just wanted to let peeps know these magazine sellers are still around – I have been approached at coffee shops and in parking lots just so ya know. They seem to have “traded up” to “engaging ” you on the street. Have fun.

  • Jenny September 18, 2007 (4:17 pm)

    Rose & Fauntleroy area this afternoon. (9/18)


  • pickledeedee September 30, 2007 (12:35 pm)

    A follow up on the Omni Horizon “sweep”. I attended a neighborhood block watch from a block here in Seward Park/Lakewood last week(not my block but I wanted to know what is going on around here) A woman there had two attempted burglaries within a week of the magazine salesmen coming around. (she did not claim a definite correlation but this is exactly what we are fearing around here) The first time, I believe it was midnight she saw and heard a group of young men trying to prowl her car and shaking the front door. A few days later her house alarm goes off at 3 am. According to the police, it was a “faulty alarm” but she stated her alarm has never gone off like that before (except for when she actually saw the people attempting access). P.S. The police response on the first attempt took 28 minutes. Be aware and watch out for your neighbors. Put together a block watch…we are.

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