Marathon County deputies say they’ve been getting reports of suspicious people claiming to be with political parties canvassing neighborhoods.
Patrol Lieutenant Bill Millhausen says the people either claim to be taking a survey and ask for personal information, or are asking for entry into the house to talk with the residents. He says that’s a sign they may not be there for legitimate reasons. “They may be casing your house for later criminal involvement, to see one, if anyone is even home and number two, to if you do allow them in, to see what property or contents you may have that would be of interest of them to come back later.”
If they come up to your door asking to do a survey and you’re worried about who they are, Millhausen says you should ask for their identification. “If it’s a legitimate entity, those people would be happy to provide that information for you. If not, certainly elevate your awareness and probably terminate your conversation with them.”