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Police Offer Advice for Dealing with Door to Door Salesmen

Stand your ground when it comes to door to door salesmen. That's the message from Woodstock Police. They say there hasn't been an incident or a rash of solicitors in the city recently, but there has been the "odd complaint" from homeowners. Woodstock Police Constable Steve McEwen says homeowners need to stay in control. "You don't have to let these people into your house. You do have the right to say know. These people are making a cold call to your house, it's not something that you solicited. If you're not prepared to deal with them, ask them to leave your property." If you ask them to leave your property, and they refuse, they are trespassing, and you're advised to call police. Here are some other tips from police: -Ask to see the salesperson's company issued identification and sellers license or registration -Make note of the salesperson's name as well as the company name and address -Don't be pressured into buying anything! -Be aware of the warning signs such as an offer of a free gift or an offer that is only good that day. -If you are interested in the product ask for sales literature and take time to compare prices -If you feel threatened or intimidated ask the person to leave. -Don't leave the person unattended in any room of your home. -If the person does not leave when asked or you feel uncomfortable call police immediately Police also point out, if you do sign a contract and have buyers remorse, most contracts have a 10-day cooling off period where you can cancel an agreement. More details are available on the website for the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services.

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