On March 30, 2020, at approx. 4:30 PM, officers received a call of solicitors going door to door in Camdenton asking for entrance into peoples’ houses.
On March 30, 2020, at approx. 4:30 PM, officers received a call of solicitors going door to door in Camdenton asking for entrance into peoples’ houses. The officer made contact with the parties and told them to discontinue. Officers received a second call around 5:00 PM, but were unable to locate the vehicle.
For the safety of citizens, the City of Camdenton does have an ordinance regulating this type of activity and identifies guidelines for peddlers, solicitors and canvassers. Regardless of their classification, if they are going door to door, all are required to register with City Hall. Under certain circumstances, identification cards are issued and others require a merchant license.
Citizens should be wary of allowing any person in their house they do not know, especially right now with the health concerns and social distancing recommendations. While these people may have been a legitimate salesperson, they had not registered with City Hall as required. Plus times like prime opportunity for increased scams and illegal activity.
Police would encourage citizens to use caution. If anyone approaches a homeowner in Camdenton, they should be able to provide an identification card or merchant license showing they have registered with the City. If they can't, decline any offers and notify City Hall or the Police Department. Specific information regarding the vehicle, physical description or what they were trying to sell would be beneficial.