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Posted on Saturday, September 07, 2002 - 02:56 pm:   

Lately we have had several young people come to our door to supposedly sell school fundraising materials for local high schools and colleges. All of these teenagers claim to be from our neighborhood and even say something like, "You've probably seen my Mom walking our white poodle down the street." Or they will give a false name or say that they live in the house around the corner, or something like that.

After checking our neighborhood directory -- and being suspicious because these "students" are calling on us during a school day -- we have determined that they are not, in fact, from our neighborhood and don't seem to have any kind of credentials to show that they attend the college/high school they claim.

I know that door-to-door solicitation is not illegal in Frisco, but is it illegal to mis-represent oneself in this way? Should I call the police next time one of these solicitors comes to our door?

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police (Todd)
Posted on Monday, September 09, 2002 - 08:36 am:   

The scenario you describe is not all that unusual. Generally, these kids are traveling with a group across the area selling magazines or cleaning supplies. While they are breaking no laws to tell you a tall tale, I agree you should be suspicious. If you would prefer to not have solicitors come to your door, simply post a notice at the door with at least 1" letters that reads "No Solicitors." If they knock on your door, then they would be in violation of the ordinance.

Always feel free to report activity you feel is suspicious by contacting us at 972.335.5502.

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2002 - 08:21 pm:   

I have just moved to Frisco and since school has started I am receiving 2 to 3 solicitors a day. How can I stop this. Also how can i learn more about Frisco's door to door solicitation policy.

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police (Todd)
Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 09:48 am:   

You can stop the solicitations by placing a weather proof sign near your front door that says "No Solicitors." If you have solicitations after you have placed the sign in plain view, please notify Frisco Police at 972.335.5505. You can obtain a copy of the ordinance by contacting the police department or city secretary, however, with a recent Supreme Court decision, parts of the ordinance are no longer enforceable. A revision will be forthcoming.

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