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Solicitor season is around the corner

Post Date:04/09/2019 9:14 am

With the change in weather comes an increase in solicitors and peddlers selling their wares in Shakopee neighborhoods.

The City of Shakopee requires all peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants to register at city hall. Peddlers and transient merchants must obtain a city-issued license before selling in the community. Solicitors do not require a license but must register and show a government-issued ID. Information on how to obtain a license or register is available on the city website.

The city does not require a license for individuals or groups canvassing or soliciting for the purpose of charitable, religious, political or educational organizations if such an organization is registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Residents who do not wish to be approached by solicitors may place a city-designed sign at the main entrance to their home or business.

Report aggressive or suspicious solicitors to law enforcement immediately at 911 (aggressive or threatening) or 952-445-1411 (suspicious). Provide a description of the solicitor and what direction he or she was headed.

How to deal with peddlers and solicitors 

  • Ask to see city-issued license or registration.
  • Ignore them. Look through the peep hole; you’re not obligated to answer the door.
  • Do not let an unknown person into your home to use the bathroom or demonstrate a product.
  • Do not get into a conversation with solicitors; it only encourages them to stay.
  • Watch where the solicitor goes next and notice what he or she does. Look for suspicious behavior, such as looking in car windows, testing doors for locks or entering backyards.
  • Remember a solicitor may not remain on your property after you have asked him or her to leave.
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