In Kingsburg, efforts are underway to crack down on scammers that go door-to-door.
The city and the police department are vetting solicitors before they hit the streets to make sure they’re legit.
All solicitors that come through Kingsburg neighborhoods need a valid ID. The police department is also getting the word out on social media.
The department’s Facebook page has new images posted of those approved to do door-to-door sales.
“We’re in the age where there’s potential scams out there,” said City Manager, Alex Henderson.
Ruben Gomez says solicitation in his neighborhood is pretty routine.
“Probably two, three times a week,” Gomez said.
All those solicitors must be vetted by PD to ensure they’re genuinely trying to make a sale.
“Not casing for a burglary or trying to steal identity or steal mail or commit some other crime,” said Chief Neil Dadian of Kingsburg Police Department.
Residents will know they’re legit if they have a city-issued solicitor ID with their picture, name, and business.
“I think that’s a good idea because you never know, it could not be a solicitor. You have to be safe,” said resident, Kevin Johnston.
The city says its efforts are to remove any doubt no matter how great a cause it might be.
“Someone has come and said that they were raising money for a mission trip and when people called around there was no one they could necessarily verify that with,” Henderson said.
If solicitors don’t have an ID when they show up at your door, the city says to contact police.
“Then police will come out and make contact and explain to them the process,” Henderson added.
An application must be filled out plus fingerprinting and a background check is done. The city adds that its ordinance is not meant to endorse companies. It’s for the community to avoid falling victim.