Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Reports of Aggressive Door-to-Door Solicitors being investigated by Boise City Clerk

UPDATE: Boise, June 13, 2013 - Boise Police have received multiple reports in recent days from residents throughout the city involving aggressive door-to-door solicitors.

After investigating, it appears at least some of the solicitors are indeed licensed with the city. However, because of their aggressive tactics that appear to be causing a number of residents concern, the Boise City Clerks Office will follow up by contacting the companieswhose employees may be involved, alerting them to the reports and concerns and assuring the solicitors are following city code.

What To Do if You Feel a Door-to-Door Solicitor is Being Uncommonly Aggressive: 

Ask if they have a city issued license like the one pictured below .

If so, get their name and solicitor license number and call the Boise City Clerks Office at 208-384-3710.

If not, call non-emergency police dispatch immediately 377-6790. Give dispatchers a description of the solicitor, direction ofbtravel, vehicle, etc so an officer can follow up.

Call 911 if a solicitor appears threatening or suspicious.

Whats Being Reported: Reports of unlicensed door-to-door solicitors are unfortunately very common. However, the recent reports are very specific involving a young man wearing a polo-type shirt with a DirecTV or Dish Network logo on the left shoulder. The man is reported to be very aggressive in trying to get the resident to allow him into the home saying he needs to check their television to see if they are eligible for a service upgrade. 

Again, officers have contacted individuals matching this description and found them to be licensed.  However, the Boise City Clerks Office will follow up with companies contracted by satellite television companies to be sure theyvarevaware of and follow City rules governing times and behavior for door-to-door solicitin.

Solicitors LicenseAll Solicitors operating in Boise Must Display a Current City License! Boise City requires all door-to-door solicitors must be licensed by the City and to carry and display their official license at all times. Boise City Solicitors Licenses have the individuals picture on it as well as the Boise City logo.

Solicitors are allowed to engage in their licensed business only between 9:00 a.m. and one hour after sunset unless located in a commercially zoned area.  

Boise City Code on solicitors: http://cityclerk.cityofboise.org/media/223496/13539_0512.pdf

What To Do: The Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit has the following advice for residents:

  • Do not allow or invite solicitors into your home. They can conduct business on your doorstep and they do not need to assess your belongings, your telephone or your restroom.
  • Ask to see a City issued license to sell – it must be on their person and in plain view. They must be honest about who they are and what they are trying to sell.
  • Ask for written information about the company. Let them know that you will be doing research on that company before purchasing any of their products.
  • Be cautious about giving out any personal or financial information without being certain of the product and the seller’s intentions.
  • Report aggressive or suspicious solicitors to law enforcement immediately by calling Police Dispatch at 911. Provide a description of the solicitor, any vi and what direction they were headed.
  • Alert other neighbors in the immediate area. If you have a Neighborhood Watch, immediately contact your NW Chairperson who can notify the other residents of this activity. If you do not have a Neighborhood Watch and are interested in forming one, contact Carrie Demirelli with the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit at cdemirelli@cityofboise.org.  
  • No Soliciting Signs: re: Subdivisions and homes posted with no soliciting signs: Solicitors are violating BCC 5-12-14(E), which expressly prohibits a licensee from entering onto premises posted with a no soliciting sign or something similar.