Gardaí in Mayo are urging members of the public to be vigilant of door-to-door salesmen and contractors who call to their houses offering to sell equipment or carry out maintenance work around the property.
There has been an increase in door-to-door activity in the county in recent weeks as the Covid-19 travel restrictions have been eased, and while such sales activity is not illegal, Gardaí have been alerted to some salespeople and tradespeople using overly-persuasive or intimidatory tactics, particularly on the elderly and vulnerable. The prices of goods for sale and rates for work carried out are often attractive but Gardaí have warned that the products or work can sometimes be substandard or unnecessary.
Members of the public are also encouraged to check the veracity of goods being sold door-to-door, with Gardaí cautioning that while such goods can carry the names of reputable companies, they may not always be genuine.
They are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for neighbours and family members, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable to such sales tactics, and would encourage anyone with doubts over the veracity of a product or service to get in contact with their local Gardaí, who would be happy to check its authenticity.
Meanwhile, Gardaí are investigating a burglary at a house in Murrisk which occurred on Friday afternoon between 3pm and 6pm. The burglars forced open a rear window to gain entry to the house and made away with a small amount of cash.
Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the burglary is encouraged to contact the Gardaí.