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Posted on: March 29, 2022

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Solicitors

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Did you know that Ashland Town Code requires all solicitors to obtain and display a license issued by the Police Department? 

As warm weather may increase the number of solicitors in our area, criminals may also solicit business or impersonate officials as a ruse to commit crime. Suspects, posing as legitimate workers, approach homeowners at their residence with the intent of gaining entry under a seemingly legitimate role: local gas company, water department, cable company, tree trimmers, pavers, County inspectors, or government officials. One suspect will distract the homeowner while a second suspect will enter the home and search inside for valuables and cash.

Another type of ruse used to gain entry into the home is for a suspect to knock on the door and ask for a pen and piece of paper to leave the victim's neighbor a note. The suspect may appear to have difficulty writing the note and will ask to come inside the house. Once inside the victim's house, the suspect will ask the victim to help write the note. As the suspect keeps the victim occupied, others enter the residence to remove money and valuables.

Be particularly alert to anyone in your neighborhood looking to perform home repairs, or asking to gain entry into your home. Be sure to ask to see identification and let them know you are going to call and get authorization from their company before allowing them access. If they are legitimate, they won't mind the wait.

If someone approaches your home selling goods or services and does not display a solicitor’s license issued by the Ashland Police Department, call 804-365-6140, or 911 if you believe it is an emergency.

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