They introduced themselves as ex-offenders, and used ‘aggressive selling methods’.
Hampshire Police received a number of calls from concerned members of the public reporting men carrying out doorstep sales between 6.20 and 8pm, on March 12.
A police spokeseman said: “An 18-year-old man from Redcar, North Yorkshire, was stopped on Portsmouth Road and reported for summons for the offence of acting as a pedlar without a license.
“Anyone who has concerns about suspicious or unwanted callers is advised to contact police, and read the following crime prevention advice which is available on our website.“
Police advise if you are not sure who is calling, don’t open the door.
•Lock all doors even when home
•Use a chain or spy hole
•Don’t let people enter your home
•Tell the police about unwanted or suspicious callers by calling 101
In an emergency, call 999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.