by Erin Griffeth, Cache County Sheriff’s Office
“The Music Man” is a classic film beloved by millions. Although the film ends happily, the plot is actually about a “slippery salesman” who cons his way into the homes and hearts of many people.
The “slippery salesman” seems to be a growing problem with door-to-door sales people flooding our valley during the spring and summer months. Door-to-door sales is a legitimate business model, and many sales people aren’t crooks out to scam people; they are working to provide for themselves and their families. However, there are sales people that are aggressive in their tactics.
Here are a few things to know about solicitors and what you can do to protect yourself:
- Look to see who is visiting before opening the door. If you don’t recognize the person, don’t open the door! It’s preferable to speak to strangers through your door.
Ask to see their business license. Solicitors must have a business license from the city where they are selling. The city lays out a code of conduct for solicitors when they apply for a business license. If they can’t or won’t show you their license, politely end the conversation and call (435) 753-7555 to report them.
- Don’t crack under the pressure. You have no obligation to buy something “right now.” You can ask them to make an appointment to come back when it’s convenient for you.
- Reserve your right to say “no.” The longer you engage in the conversation, the greater the chance you will commit to something. The swift ending of a conversation can stop a crime before it takes place.
- Don’t open your door at odd hours. Solicitors shouldn’t be knocking on your door before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
- Remember that you are in charge. If you feel intimidated, pressured or threatened at any time, call 911.
The Cache County Sheriff’s Office wants to help you be safe in your neighborhood. We are happy to respond to any calls for assistance.