Flasher Posing as Door-to-door Salesman Strikes in Berkeley


A bulletin just received from the Berkeley Police Department's Sex Crimes detail warns about "a recent incident involving a man posing as a newspaper subscription salesperson.

On June 28, 2008, two men were allowed into the home of a female adult on the 1900 block of Berkeley Way under the pretense of selling newspaper subscriptions for a local periodical. After a brief discussion one of the two men left the apartment." The remaining individual exposed his genitals to the victim before leaving, the bulletin reads.

"Community members are reminded to employ crime prevention measures whenever possible. By taking a few precautions, you reduce your risk as well as discourage those who commit crimes.

"If you are home alone, be wary of opening the door to solicitors or strangers. Be alert to your surroundings and people around you. Whenever feasible, walk, jog, or travel with a friend. Walk confidently and at a steady pace. Don't talk on cell phones or listen to iPods when alone, as they limit awareness. Be aware of locations and situations, which make you more vulnerable to crime such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells. Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible. Become familiar with your neighbors. Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity.

"If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the BPD Sex Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5735."—Anneli Rufus