Having initiated a lot of the WNA Crime Watch tips into practice, I thought now was a good a time as ever to re-introduce one of those points.
Door-to-door solicitation is legal only by permit in the city of Indianapolis. Our neighborhood is no exception. Spring has seen a lot of remodeling/renovation sales at our doorsteps, and it is our collective responsibility to be inquiring.
Here's an example I hope you'll all take to heart. About one week ago, I was weeding in our front lawn when approached by a man who represented a company calling itself "Precision Windows" and drove an Infiniti with Ohio plates. I immediately asked him if he could show me his solicitation permit and his reaction was to point to the south and say "they have it downtown." When I told him he needs to have that document on his persons while knocking on doors, he gave a sarcastic smile, thanked me and walked away. I called the police.
Another sales rep from Quality came just two days ago and had her paperwork on her. I told her no thanks and have been bothered no more. Point is- keep your guard up. Not everyone has their permit and would just as likely kick your door in than try and sell you something from a company they don't represent anyhow.
Ask for their permits! If they don't have them, tell them to get lost. If they seem suspicious, call IMPD.