11-10-11 Door to door solicitation in Boise VIDEO
Door to door solicitation
Throughout the year Boise residents can find door to door sales
taking place in our neighborhoods. Although most of the activity is
completely legal, there are some solicitors who do not follow the
law, use aggressive tactics, and a few who are just plain looking
to commit crimes. This video produced by the Boise Police Crime
Prevention unit is intended to educate citizens who have concerns
about door to door solicitors. This brief video offers advice on
what to do with an aggressive solicitor, some valuable advice on
what to ask for and tips for consumers.
Here are some suggestions!
- Always ask for a Boise City issued license from the person who
knocks at your door trying to sell a product. They are required by
city code to have a permit on them at all times when selling door
- Never allow or invite a solicitor into your home. They can
conduct their business on the step without exposing you and your
family to unnecessary risk
- Ask the solicitor for written information about the company
and product to determine exactly who you are dealing with and what
they have to sell.
- It is a good idea to inform them that you intend to research
the product and company before making a purchase at the door.
- Avoid giving personal or financial information to anyone you
do not know, at the door, in the mail and online
- If a door to door solicitor is aggressive, makes you
uncomfortable or cannot produce the requested permit, contact law
enforcement immediately and provide police with the description and
direction of travel the solicitor has taken
- Door to door solicitation in the City of Boise is legal
between the daytime hours of 9 a.m. to a half hour after