Thursday, June 9, 2016
Door-to-door solicitors must carry solicitor licenses
To ensure public safety, the City of Shoreline regulates the activities of door-to-door sales people and solicitors. It requires for-profit solicitors to file a written application for a license with the Shoreline City Clerk and carry the license at all times when soliciting or canvassing. Solicitors must produce the license when requested by persons being solicited, police, or City officials.
Over the past several months, the City has received reports of individuals representing a company called RED Safety canvassing neighborhoods offering home fire-safety inspections. As of this date, these individuals have not obtained their individual solicitors’ licenses and are soliciting illegally.
It is also important to note that representatives of RED Safety do not work for or in conjunction with the Shoreline Fire Department.
Shoreline firefighters do not go door-to-door offering home fire-safety inspections or any type of safety checks inside private residences.
If someone comes to your door, ask to see their credentials and their City of Shoreline soliciting license. If they refuse or do not have them, ask them to leave. If you encounter a solicitor who becomes aggressive or will not take “no” for an answer, ask them to leave, shut the door and call 911.
Never invite a solicitor into your home or answer the door if you feel uncomfortable. You can say “no thank you” without opening the door.
To report suspicious behavior of individuals coming to your door, call 911 or call the non-emergency Police line at 206-296-3311 to report fraud or suspected fraud. For more information about solicitor licenses, call the City Clerk’s Office at 206-801-2230.
--City of Shoreline