Use Caution with Door-to-door Solicitors

Posted on 03/05/2018

By Ted Boyer and Stan Rosenzweig

Are any of you old enough to remember the good old days when the Fuller Brush man would come knocking to give you free samples of brushes, soaps, lotions and such? Salesmen at our door is the way we shopped. Recall the opening scene from the musical "Music Man," where a full train of salesmen sang about it?

Back then, there was no Walmart, no Smith's Marketplace, no Amazon Prime and no UPS next-day delivery. Nope. We bought many of our things from door-to-door canvassers.

Ah, it was a simpler time without concern if those doorbell ringers were calling to sell stuff, or to case our homes for a later burglary. Today, while we may be interested in sales pitches from canvassers selling roof repairs, lawn services and such, we need to be more prudent.

So, what should we do as good "Neighborhood Watch" citizens, and how can we help Cottonwood Heights Police protect our neighborhoods?

First, check to see that the solicitors are following the rules of calling between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Then check that they have official Residential Solicitation Certificates. Official certificates are issued by the CH Police or the State of Utah and must be in the possession of each solicitor. A certificate is not required for invitees, delivery persons, persons distributing religious or political information, or charitable organizations.

But everyone else must show you their CH Police-issued certificates. If they don't, please help by calling 801-840-4000 to report the activity.