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Old June 21st, 2021, 11:00 AM #1
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Beware of door-to-door solicting

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Had an incident here in AA County in Edgewater. There have been pairs of people wandering the neighborhood with clipboards, somewhat nicely dressed, knocking on doors and soliciting. The usual stuff like siding, roof repair, BGE Home and so on. My wife and I have a very visible sign on our outer door that says "No soliciting. Do not knock. This includes UPS, Amazon and FedEx.".

I work from home and my office has blinds on it but I usually keep them slightly cracked. Early afternoon I hear a knock at the door and I see two men on my porch. Somewhat well dressed in polo and button down shirt, metal clipboards in hand. Apparently they can't read and I do what I normally do in such circumstances and ignore them and they'll usually go away without an answer.

This time I heard a new sound...

The sound of my doorknob being moved.

The speed at which I moved was impressive. The rifle came off its rack, to my shoulder, I cleared the corner and it was leveled on the door, my finger on the bolt release. No further activity and after about 20 seconds at the ready, I approached the door at the low ready and saw the pair moving to the next door neighbor's house.

I called my wife and she called the police. Two marked cars came out and interviewed several folks in the area. Including me over the phone. Turns out that several of my neighbors noticed them and several did mention hearing their doors being tried after the knocks including my next-door neighbor. There were two sets of people wandering through the neighborhood and we aren't sure if they were legit. I do not believe they were.

So keep your doors locked, folks. We've been told by the police it is not uncommon for would-be thieves to dress up nicely, go into a neighborhood and pretend to solicit in order to case an area for later robberies. It is not common but also not the first time I've seen questionable characters wandering around without obvious purpose. Especially when claiming to represent various companies but not wearing branded clothing or have valid ID.

Summertime brings more of this stuff out. Be vigilant.

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Old June 21st, 2021, 11:02 AM #2
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I always lock our doors and it drives my wife crazy but this is one of the reasons. Glad u were safe and made the call to the cops.
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Old June 21st, 2021, 11:35 AM #3
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I always thought it was overkill for me to carry at home but that contradicts all advice I read. Case in point!
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Old June 21st, 2021, 11:47 AM #4
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Reminds me of the day in North Laurel.

A shady guy trying to sell security systems was telling me mine wasn't good enough. I told em it was fine. He said he needed to look, put his foot in the door stopping me from closing it....

I displayed my glock19 and told him this house has plenty of security. Leave.

I think he left the neighborhood after that.
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Thanks for sharing. This entire thread is the reason I carry at home.
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I need to start carrying more at home especially when im outside in the woodshop. I usually have music blaring and have ear muffs on when running stuff. I've already had a neighbor surprise me once when i looked up and she's right there yelling about an oven fire.

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I need to start carrying more at home especially when im outside in the woodshop. I usually have music blaring and have ear muffs on when running stuff. I've already had a neighbor surprise me once when i looked up and she's right there yelling about an oven fire.

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Geez, I could see myself losing a digit. Yeah my outer wrought iron security doors are always locked. I need to:

A. Carry in/around the house.
B. Post no soliciting signs.

Thanks for the nudge.
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OP, thanks for sharing. Moved from a condo to our house last year and cannot believe the number of solicitations we get for lawn, tree, window work etc. Did not realize the whole door to door was still a thing...

Anyhow, some of these guys have been pretty aggressive, pushing through a clear "not interested" to continue with the pitch so that I am closing the door to terminate the discussion. I carry at home, but typically place the holster within reach behind the door when I open. Rethinking the subtlety since they are coming to my house, but don't want some knucklehead calling the police because I was carrying in my own home.
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Geez, I could see myself losing a digit. Yeah my outer wrought iron security doors are always locked. I need to:



A. Carry in/around the house.

B. Post no soliciting signs.



Thanks for the nudge.
Luckily i was outside just planning some boards. Ill normall work outside the shop if the weather is nice. I use a rolling table to move the crap around.

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I usually have a gun in my hand and out of sight when answering the door to anyone I do not know, and was not expecting. My apartment door is pretty secure and always kept locked. Did have a couple of guys going through the complex a while back trying doors and robbed several units. Find it hard to believe that there are still people that cannot remember to lock a door.
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