Door to Door Sales, What you Should Know

With respect to the recent alert posted on a suspicious door-to-door salesman, AP Police wants to inform residents about the City required Peddlers Permit which is required under by section 21 of the Municipal Code of Ordinances.

If a sales person comes to you seeking to sell you something, you need to be sure to inquire about the sales person’s city permit. The sales person is required to display the City issued permit on demand. The purpose of this ordinance to to help protect the community against would-be criminals. In order to get a permit, one must be free from any felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude. Furthermore, people who provide false info on the application or have had previous permits revoked, will be excluded from receiving a permit from the City.

When a door-to-door salesman has received a permit, one can rest assured we have that subject fully identified with fingerprints and a current picture on file. In the event a resident has a negative experience or becomes a victim of a crime resulting from the door-to-door sales person, we can always go back into our files and pull that subject’s information to assist police.

No matter what you decide to do, AP Police still want residents to be cautious in all door-to-door sales they may participate in. Just as you would not typically give out your social security number, you should not give out your bank routing and accounting numbers (personal checks). Should you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact your local police department, we are always here to help.

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