Some Tips for Dealing with Door-to-Door Solicitors

Some Tips for Dealing with Door-to-Door Solicitors
Posted on 03/04/2019

By Stan Rosenzweig - CH Neighborhood Watch

Police and municipal officials receive many complaints each year from those who fall for scamming by door-to-door solicitors. Many door-to-door salespeople are honest, but not all. Strangers knocking at your door may use high-pressure tactics or trick you into overpaying for things you don’t want or can’t afford. Occasionally, some of us don't even know we've made a purchase.

So, what should you do to protect yourself? The best defense is to not open your door to anyone you don't know or whose identity you can't establish.

If you are face to face with a solicitor, ask them to show Cottonwood Heights' Residential Solicitation Certificate. Official Certificates are issued by Cottonwood Heights Police and must be in the possession of each solicitor when they come knocking.  

Not only must solicitors always carry those certificates, but they can only canvass between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. There are exceptions. A Certificate is not required for someone you have invited, Utah State employees, delivery persons, those distributing religious information, political campaigns, or charitable organizations.

Everyone else must show you their CH Police-issued Certificates. If not, call 801-840-4000 to report it. Also, when you see what you consider suspicious people canvassing the neighborhood, take a moment to observe physical descriptions of the solicitors and record the address. Call our local police department’s non-emergency number, 801-840-4000, to ensure they are legitimate. Remember, "If you see something, say something.