I use door to door solicitors as the perfect example of when to call the LAPD non-emergency dispatch number, 1-877-ASK-LAPD (or 1-877-275-5273). This number is ideal for occasions that you need the police to check something out, but whatever that something is, it doesn’t rise to the level of an emergency (which of course is 911).
As we all should know by now, the ‘Knock, Knock’ burglary MO is to knock on a door to see if anyone is at home. If they don’t hear anything in response, they may assume it’s an empty home and a good opportunity to burglarize it. Then they slither to the back and either break a window or door to get inside or, unfortunately in too many cases, simply enter through an unsecured door or window. So again, you don’t have to answer the door, but make sure they know someone is home by yelling through the door, in plural– ‘We can’t come to the door right now’. Then call the non-emergency dispatch number to have the police come check them out. If you are able to, watch them as they traverse the neighborhood. If you see them looking in windows or walking to the sides of your neighbor’s home, then call 911 immediately.
If the solicitor is aggressive in any manner, refuses to leave, seems to be under the influence, bullies you or anything similar, call 911. Also be aware that if you are dealing with someone like that at your door, he or she may have a partner that is going around to the back or your house while you are distracted. Read more