Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

September 6, 2013

Police investigate suspicious person claims

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — A call came in to the Knoxville Police Department around 8:50 p.m. last night, in regard to people knocking on doors and asking to come into residences. 

Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said officers looked around the area of the reports, coming from the South Street neighborhood for over an hour. Witnesses were questioned, but no suspects were found. 

Losada said that anytime you see someone acting out of the norm, you should call the police. He said the department would rather answer false alarms than miss the time their assistance is needed. 

If you feel safe to do so, in an incident like this, take a photo of the suspicious person and provide it to the department. Losada says this should only be done if you can do so, without putting yourself in harm's way. 

In the event someone you do not know is knocking on your door, talk to them through the closed door. You should not invite people into your home if you do not know or trust them. 

Reports of vagrancy are scarce in Knoxville, but they have occurred. If you see someone in your yard and you feel safe, you can ask them what they are doing. They can also be told to leave. If you don't feel safe approaching such an individual, call the police. 

The number to have the Knoxville Police Department dispatched is 641-828-2220 or in an emergency, 911.