Local Police Issue Alert About Door-To-Door Salesmen

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - It would be nice to avoid going to the store and have sellers come to you, but police in several Sand Mountain towns say door-to-door salesmen are not welcome.

Some people in Collinsville say they received visits from salesmen with smooth presentations and suspicious products.  The residents say salesmen have recently come to their homes wanting  to sell them the same dishwashing detergent you buy at the store, and they've asked to come inside.  The residents are worried these people could be scoping their homes for burglaries, and police say you should be on alert.

"A lot of our thefts are occurring when these folks either came in and somebody got up and went to another room or these people have come back to residences and stole various items," said Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum.

One sales team claimed they were opening a store down the road and were being paid $20 for each out house they went to.

Some Albertville residents also had salesmen come to their homes this week, offering to sell American-made products but not saying what.

One homeowner said she sent them away, and police came to tell the salesmen they were not allowed to do that without a permit, which aren't even available in Albertville and many other cities.

Collinsville Police say they stopped a van driver this week who had the correct permits and was dropping sales people off on streets, but made them stop since it was after dark.

Police say to give them a call if you get a visit from a door-to-door salesman.  Officers usually give them a warning that it's illegal, but if they're caught again, they will be arrested.

"We want people to call our police department at (256) 845-1414 if anybody has a door-to-door salesman come to their house," said Chief Bynum.  "Be vigilant not to let those folks in your house, not to leave them in any room whatsoever should you let them in your house."

"We would appreciate people calling us, because we don't have anybody that sits around monitoring Facebook pages all day long," Chief Bynum added.  "If they report it to our police department we can at least send somebody to the area and check it.  It's not a bother to us, we're open 24 hours 7 days a week so we would like to know when these people are in town so we can get a handle on it before it gets out of hand."