Door-to-door salesman causes alarm in Park Meadows
August 6, 2010
The Park City Police Department is investigating a report of a door-to-door salesman in Park Meadows questioning someone about their house’s security system, a line of inquiry that investigators say is suspicious.
The salesman stopped at a house on Crestline Drive at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the people who live there. Don Sanderson said his wife answered the door and the salesman asked her whether there is an alarm system at the house. The wife told the man there is an alarm system and he left, according to Sanderson, saying that the salesman was at the door for less than a minute.
The man is white, clean cut, appears to be in his late 20s and was wearing a white shirt and dark pants, Sanderson said.
"It didn’t pass the smell test, at all, for me," he said.
Sanderson said he has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years and is unaware of a similar occurrence. He said, though, he has heard stories from a Montana city that resemble the episode at his house, recounting that he has been told there was a report of a string of burglaries in that city after someone approached homeowners asking about alarm systems.
The police had not found the person seen on Crestline Drive by Thursday, and Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the department had received one report by that day. Kirk said the person might work for a legitimate company, but the circumstances are suspicious and could be a "precursor to criminal activity."
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"We’re taking seriously the concerns of the person who contacted us," Kirk said, adding that the episode could lead to a home burglary. "That’s the part that concerns us the most — asking a homeowner if they have an alarm."
Kirk said the Police Department frequently receives complaints about door-to-door sales, but he is not aware of one that matches the description coming from Crestline Drive.
He said people should be "very cautious" if a door-to-door salesperson comes to their home. Kirk suggested people ask to see a business license or a business identification. It would be "risky" for someone to reveal information about a security system, Kirk said.
Kirk urged people to call Police Department dispatchers if they are concerned about a salesman at the door. The number is 615-5500.