Sorry for the delayed response.... I think that your concern is warranted! It sounds like this man was trying to get into your house!! Generally speaking, legit salespeople do not go door to door after hours!! Also, the city has some requirements about solicitation- i don't know the details, but hopefully someone who is familiar can share those details (i.e. i think solicitors need to have a city issued 'badge' to show).
Officer Runyon is out of work right now and I am not sure that we have someone available who is responsive in the way she has been. That said, I know that the police have always suggested that we report 'suspicious' activity to 911 - it's always best to do this in 'real time' and to include as many details as possible including descriptions of the people involved.
The Just Energy people are still around, going door to door but this sounds like a different approach.
Jodi, this does not sound good. I wouldn't let anyone in, period. Did he show a permit? Have some sort of supposed legitimate identification (with a company)?
I don''t know if Kris is available to take this on, but by all means, email her. She has been out quite a while because of an injury to a bad hip. She would forward your email to Lt. Dearcop and/or Officer and CPO Carl Dickerson. His email is email@example.com
Next time I'd call 911, or Kris (when she returns). Carl's number is 428-7156. Kris, Carl, and the other police officers who are based at the NSC office on Genessee Street can get to your house fast because they are in the neighborhood--that is, if they are not on a call. Of course 911 is an option. I don't know who to call first.
I'd certainly let one of the officers know even at this supposed late date. Also, the police emphasize that if something does not feel right, it probably isn't; better to call and have things checked out by them. And if the person is OK, so much the better. The police much rather have you do that, though you might feel you are wasting their time. You are not. Best to you and your family, Bill Nichthauser
It is good to call 911 first to report this sort of thing because if activity levels permit they can get an officer out fast to check on the person to see if they have the proper permit. Follow that up with a call to the CPO's or Lieutenant at the NSC office. Carl Dickerson works the afternoon shift with Kris. Jeff and Joe work the morning to early afternoon shift. All of them are in and out of the office so the chances are better than even they will be out when you call but leave them a message and ask them the get back to you.
Kris Runyon 428-7635 is out with and injury but you can call:
Day shift CPO's at NSC Office (till ~2:30 pm)
Jeff Schroeder 428-6970 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Trovato 428-6487 email@example.com
Afternoon/Evening shift CPO (Starting ~2:30 or 3:00pm)
Carl Dickerson 428-7156 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lt. Ray Dearcop 428-9940 email@example.com
Thanks, John, for completing what I left incomplete.
FYI - I mentioned this series of incidents to Lt. Dearcop when I met with him earlier today, and gave him the link so that he could get the details. I'll let you know if he has any additional recommendations.
If they are soliciting, they need to have visible ID AND a permit. Give them no information about any RG&E or other accounts. If they are selling windows (in this weather? door to door?), they should have information or a brochure that they are willing to give you. You can call 911 at the time, or if you feel uneasy later, call 311 or the NSC office at 428-7630.