Police issue warning about door-to-door solicitors

Police issue warning about door-to-door solicitors

DANVILLE — Police are asking the public to be wary of solicitors going door-to-door attempting to get residents to change their energy provider.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said police have gotten several calls about that from concerned residents. He said now that consumers can select their provider, various companies may contact them through the mail or door-to-door.

"Our concern, though no criminal act has occurred, is to remind citizens of protocols for door-to-door solicitors," he said in a release.

Thomason said all door-to-door solicitors are required to register with the city of Danville and obtain identification prior to soliciting. He said solicitors must wear the identification to let residents know who they are and that they are authorized to go door-to-door.

"If a solicitor comes to your door, ask to see the identification issued by the city," Thomason said. "If one is not readily available and verifiable, they should advise that person they need to register at City Hall."

Thomason also said he doesn't recommend conducting business with anyone until proof of identification is shown. He did recommend that people call 911 to allow a police officer to check out an individual who does not have proper identification.

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