Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, March 18, 2013

Citizens should be aware of illegal door-to-door solicitors in our community

   Boise Police want citizens to know that with springtime weather, comes door-to-door solicitors. Officers have received complaints from citizens that a group of solicitors, who do not have city permits, may be passing through our area. Officers want people to be cautious and help them locate any unlicensed or illegal activity.

   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 to 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 sunset.


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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information