SP Police: Recent Increase in Door-to-Door Solicitations
Community: There has been an increase in people, organizations and businesses soliciting door-to-door in Southern Pines.
Town ordinances require a permit be issues for charitable organizations and a certificate of registration to be issued for religious organizations prior to those organizations engaging in any solicitation activities.
Solicitation without a permit or certificate is prohibited.
Any person, firm, business or organization that is not a charitable or religious organization must obtain a Business License before soliciting in or on private residences. There are some exceptions in the Code, and for more information please review Chapter 114 of the Code at www.southernpines.net.
Police say there has been an increase in people, organizations and businesses soliciting door-to-door.
Unscrupulous business people use offers to do such jobs as roof cleaning, driveway paving and exterior painting for a low price, and then charge the customer for additional, more expensive work they say needs to be done. Occasionally, “salespersons” distract a homeowner while an accomplice enters the home to steal property. They often target Seniors or people who live alone.
If someone approaches you at home offering to sell something, ask to see their business license, police advise. If they do not have one tell them they must obtain one from the Town before conducting business. Also, notify the police department at (910) 692-7031 so authorities can be aware of such activity and possibly prevent someone from becoming a victim.
Business owners are encouraged to make sure they have a valid business license in hand before conduction business in Southern Pines. Business licenses can be obtained at the Town planning office located at 180 SW Broad Street.
For more information, visit the Southern Pines Police Department website at www.southernpines.net/police or call the Community Services Coordinator at (910) 692-2732.
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