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Solicitors in EPHOA:
We all find ourselves annoyed with solicitors from time to time.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done to prevent people
from going door-to-door. However, here is what SAPD advises us:
Put a sign visible near or on your door that says, “No Soliciting”.
Of course, the sign won’t stop someone from approaching and
ringing your doorbell. With the sign up, you can advise whoever
comes to your door as a solicitor to leave immediately or you will
call the police. If the solicitor doesn’t leave while on your property,
this would be considered trespassing, and actions can be taken.
It is recommended for you to call the non-emergency number for
SAPD (210-207-7273). Most of the time when you let the solicitors
know that you are calling the police, they will leave. You should still
report this to the non-emergency line. The police will dispatch an
officer out to your home, who will then look for the person, inquire
about their business permit, and ask them to leave on your behalf.
Our entire neighborhood has posted “No Soliciting” signs at some of
the entrances; however, this is not blanket coverage for all homes. It
is not seen as enforceable unless a sign is on your specific property
and may only deter those who truly appreciate the sign’s request.
Keep in mind, not everyone who goes door-to-door is a solicitor.