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Guy Knocking on Doors

Original post made by Jane, Mohr Park, on Apr 7, 2009

I got a knock on my door at about 4:30pm today (Tuesday, April 5th) and I saw a young, tall guy, about 20 years old, through the keyhole. I said 'who is it?' and he said 'your neighbor' I said 'you're not my neighbor' and he said 'sure I am, I'm Cathy's son from Morris Street' I knew he was lying. I said 'no thanks' and he went away. As a matter of fact, I remember this guy saying the same thing at my door about a year ago. I didn't open it then either. This is obviously some scam. Does anybody have information on this?

Comments (14)

Posted by Cathy's Son
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Apr 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Why won't anyone open the door for me? I really have to go to the bathroom!

Posted by TI
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm

The same thing happened to me a year ago. I usually do not open the door to strangers. He must have heard me at the door because he said the same thing out loud to me. He said something to the effect of "Don't worry, I'm one of your neighbors". He was not a neighbor so I never opened the door. He did linger a bit though. He must be selling something...Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Grace
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm

There was a group of door-to-door solicitors coming around our neighborhood both Sunday (April 5th) and Monday (April 6th). I know some think it's wrong, but I play it safe and don't answer the door if I don't recognize the caller or don't see a young boy scout or girl scout :) Not sure if Jane above was referring to this current year with the day of the week and the date(?), but yes, I also saw the big white vans dropping the young 20ish solicitors off and cruising the neighborhood to pick them up after their rounds.

Posted by TI
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Since no one is opening up the door to these solicitors, I'm curious to know what they are selling.

Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 7, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Unfortunately they usually catch me while I'm out working on my yard.
I hate those guys, usually its the magazine sellers, they always start off with a lie.

Never give them your name (even first) they will fish for it so they can drop it when talking to your neighbors like they are your friend. (the carpet cleaning guys do this bit too.)

The ones who came by before never tried the "neighbor or neighbors son" bit, though thats a new low and sounds criminal. I would worry they are up to something other than selling magazines.

Posted by bobbi
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I did not answer the door to a tall young man this weekend as well. If I don't recognise them, they don't get an open door!

Posted by Officer watchin out...
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

The ongoing trend is for someone to knock or ring your bell a few times and when they do not get a response, they typically look for a door or window they can break into....then burglarize your home. SO, keep all of your windows and doors locked when you are not at home and make it known you are home when this does happen.. And if it does, call the police immediately. This M/O has been going on in Fremont/Newark/Union City for well over a year and the cities have been plagued by burglaries...

If you do answer, you'll typically get the magazine sales line or someone looking for directions...which is their backup plan if someone does answer....

REMEMBER... always get a person description and a vehicle license plate if possible!!! That solves many crimes. THERE ARE NO PERMITS GIVEN FOR MAGAZINE SALES OR ANY OTHER SALES OF MERCHANDISE W/O A CITY PERMIT.

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 8, 2009 at 11:46 am

Good advice officer. I took it one step further. When he started his line I asked to have his city permit (he had a fake xeroxed paper) and his personal ID (he actually gave me his driver's license) so that I could call the police to verify that he was legit. I called on the police business line with his name and description then took his stuff back to him. I told him that I had notified the PD of his name, description and his sales pitch. Never saw a guy walk so fast to get away before and never had another one show up here.

Posted by Jane
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I appreciate these responses, because this guy made me feel creeped-out in my own neighborhood. He (same guy) knocked on my door a year ago with the exact same line "I'm your neighbor, I'm Mary's son from (insert name of street here) Street."
I have a paranoid reason for not calling the police right away. If they came immediately, he might guess which 'house' made the call, and then retaliate against me. I have been the victim of a crime in the past which is why I'm paranoid. I couldn't handle it again.
Thank you for telling me your experiences and giving advice, it makes me feel less creeped-out.

Posted by PJ
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm


Another tip. If you do respond to one of these characters through the door/window, always talk in the "we" to give the impression that there are other persons in the residence. Ex. "We are not interested." "We are having dinner right now." "We are busy." "We have company." etc.

Also, there are some companies that sell pleasant looking "no soliciting" yard stakes that can be placed closer to the sidewalk. Check with our local merchants. If not here's one site online: Web Link This will encourage some to not even walk up to your door.

Good Luck.

Posted by Mike
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Please be sure to pass on this information, as well as your warnings, to your children. Too often young kids will open a door without asking who it is. Make sure they either get a parent (or older sibling) to answer the door or don't answer the door at all.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

He better not cross my path because I'll respond with a quick Ready, Aim...

Posted by Chris
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Really Cholo? A ready, Aim, fire to any young tall men....your a joke

Posted by Lee
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 30, 2009 at 9:58 am

We get people knocking on our doors a lot. I look out the peephole, and if I don't recognize them I either don't answer or I get my dog to bark viciously..they usually go away fast!

Living on a main street means you get a lot of solicitors..if I get bad vibes from the knockers I can always call the police to check them out!

Also, don't leave your garage door open if you are not right there, as people will come in to the house and surprise you..a neighbor of mine had that happen last summer. Don't leave it open!!

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