I have heard from Neighborhood Watch Block Captains and other citizens as well as our Foothills officers in the field that door to door solicitors are in our area. I understand from one officer that a group of 30 are working our general area and plan to be here for a month and came from states in the mid-west. They appear to be working the neighborhoods east of Tramway from the Supper Rock area to Academy and they were reported at an apartment complex (gated) near Academy and Tramway last week.
I recommend that citizens stop by the Foothills substation (12800 Lomas Blvd NE) to pick up a “No Solicitors” sign and the companion piece on Door to Door Soliciting. The piece explains the ordinance regarding soliciting through neighborhoods. If your home is approached, you can respond safely behind your locked door that you are not interested and point out your “No Solicitors” sign. The city does have rules about this type of activity. If you call 242-COPS (2677), call from a safe place and provide the best description you can and direction/mode of travel the solicitor is traking and an officer will be dispatched to check the area.
Remmber: In most cases, if you hand these people cash for what they are peddling you will probably be out that money and will never receive the product or your intended recipient will not recieve the product. If you write a check, a stranger who came to you now has your bank name, account number, routing number and your name and address off the check. With scams, the contact to the victim is almost always made by the scammer.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist, APD/Foothills