Police advice: Door-to-door sellers; ‘it’s OK to call 911’

Earlier this week, the new Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights community council heard from Seattle Police crime-prevention coordinator Mark Solomon (here’s our report). Later in the week, he addressed two recurring topics in his periodic community newsletter – the rules regarding door-to-door sellers, and when it’s OK to call 911. You might find the advice helpful, so if you aren’t on his mailing list, check out the newsletter in its entirety here, courtesy of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network.

5 Replies to "Police advice: Door-to-door sellers; 'it's OK to call 911'"

  • Surfchick March 11, 2013 (6:33 am)

    What are the rules for those soliciting re: religion? We have a “NO SOLICITING” sign clearly located by our front door, but individuals have ignored it and stated “they aren’t selling anything”.

    • WSB March 11, 2013 (6:33 am)

      I believe they fall under the nonprofit rule – which means they don’t have to follow that rule, only people selling something, as I have heard it interpreted…

  • marty March 11, 2013 (8:20 am)

    I think it is time to make door-to-door soliciting illegal. It certainly seems like it leads to more bad than good and I don’t know too many people who really want to be disturbed.

  • Parent March 11, 2013 (9:31 am)

    A man came by last night selling coupons for Luciano’s Pizza. He seemed legit and was very nice but when I asked if I could buy the coupon book at Luciano’s – he said no.
    That makes red flags fly up. I declined and he left politely.

  • Jason von Nieda March 11, 2013 (1:14 pm)

    Surfchick, I had a custom sign made that says:


    And I haven’t had a single knock since. I’ve had a no soliciting sign for years and religious and political solicitors would still knock and try to argue with me. Now they don’t knock.

    I got the sign at http://www.mysecuritysign.com/Door-Signs/Custom-Decorative-Door-Signs.aspx

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