Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Boise Police want your help locating and identifying unlicensed door to door solicitors

    Boise October 23rd, 2013 - Boise Police have received several reports of unlicensed door to door solicitors over the last few days. The solicitors appear to be knocking on doors in several different areas of Boise and moving often, making locating them difficult. Boise Police patrol officers want your help in locating any unlicensed solicitors in a timely manner to allow officers to identify them. 

What to do if a door to door solicitor knocks at your house: 

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

If the solicitor does not have a Boise City license, call non-emergency police dispatch immediately 377-6790. Give dispatchers a description of the solicitor, direction of travel, and vehicle description with license plate number so an officer can conduct an investigation. 

Call 911 if a solicitor appears threatening or suspicious. If the solicitor has a license and you feel he or she has been overly aggressive, get their name and solicitor license number and call the Boise City Clerk's Office at 208-384-3710.

Solicitors License

All 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 individual's picture on it as well as the Boise City logo. All solicitors need a valid Boise city permit unless they are a non-profit 501c(3) (like scouts, school organizations, and a few other charities). Even if a solicitor claims to be a non-profit organization you can ask for ID and contact police if you feel threatened. 

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 vehicle description 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. 

Keep in mind that no one is obligated to open the door to solicitors.  Even with nonprofit solicitors, you can and should request identification.  Do not feel pressured to purchase “on the spot”.  It is acceptable to ask for literature to review and make a decision at a later time.  “No solicitor” signs are also an option and must be adhered to by solicitors.

Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information