Police Respond to Complaints of Solicitors Going Door-to-Door

All solicitors, with the exception of representatives of non-profits, must have a vendor permit on them when going door-to-door.

The following is a press release from the Monroe Police Department:

The Monroe Police Department has received several complaints of door-to-door solicitors in the neighborhoods of Monroe. Any person selling goods or services is required to undergo a background check at the Monroe Police Department.

Upon completion of that background check, they will be issued a vendor permit. This is a laminated permit with their identifying information and photograph, and must be displayed when soliciting.

  • Allowable solicitation hours are between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

If you are approached by a solicitor who is not displaying his or her permit, you may request to see it. If they do not have one, please notify the police department.

Non-profit organizations are exempt from the permitting process.

Christine E. April 24, 2013 at 05:56 PM
We are approached by religious groups every saturday, like clockwork. How many times do you have to say no before they stop coming back?
KikiMoon April 24, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Christine, if it's the group that I think you are referring to, they always go out after getting police clearance. I listened to a radio show with an ex-member of that church, and she said that it doesn't matter if you tell them 'no'. The way to get rid of them is to NOT take the pamphlets they pass out. Apparently, they keep track only of who and where they leave their little magazines. If someone tells them 'no', but takes the pamphlets, they mark that in their book as 'go back' (or however they phrase a positive response). I'm sure why it's done that way, but the ex-member was quite emphatic about never ever taking their paperwork. Or, you could do what I did (before I knew about the pamphlet thing), and tell them that if they keep coming back, you'll get a lawyer to make them stop. I know that sounds harsh, but the Stamford congregation was stalking me.
Christine E. April 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM
They all get into a van, drive to our street, get out and spread like wildfire. I was in my driveway a few weeks ago and they approached me. We consistently say no, and we don't take the paperwork - yet they still come back. Police clearance or not...if I tell someone to go away, and they keep coming back - is that not trespassing?
Marc McDonough April 25, 2013 at 01:31 PM
My wife was forced by her manager at an Insurance company to spend 25% of her time "door knocking". They have people go door to door at pre-identified homes of seniors to try and get them to buy insurance. They have made her put a program on our GPS that identifies homes where people are 65+. What a filthy business.


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