This is a recent release from the Kyle Police Department – Citizen Observer Alert System
Tips for Dealing with Door-to-Door Solicitors
Kyle, TX – Door to door solicitors come in many shapes and sizes. These solicitors can offer deals on magazines, energy audits, opportunities to sign petitions, cookies, and much more. Most of the time they are what they say they are, but homeowners should always be wary when strangers come to visit.
Please heed these crime prevention tips when dealing with solicitors to help protect you, your family, and your property:
City of Kyle ordinance, “Peddlers, Solicitors and Vendors,” states any person desiring to go from house to house or from place to place, or to own, operate, or control a temporary location or stand on a public street or right-of-way in the city, to sell or solicit orders for goods, wares, merchandise, services, photographs, newspaper, magazines, or subscriptions to magazines, shall obtain a permit from the City. Residents are advised to ask to see this permit and to not conduct business with anyone not in possession of the proper permit.
State law allows licensed alarm companies and insurance companies to be exempt from requiring a solicitor’s permit. While the City cannot enforce its ordinance against them, private property owners can still have “No Trespassing” or “No Solicitation” signs on their property and if these vendors violate that, they could be apprehended. A “No Solicitation” sign posted at the entrance of a neighborhood is not enforceable by the police department; individual signs at a residence can be enforced.