The Peekskill Police Department has issued a warning to residents after responding to several calls of solicitors in the community who are going door to door in an attempt to sell residents various types of services/products.
The City of Peekskill requires all itinerant vendors/solicitors to obtain a permit before attempting to conduct business and/or solicit within city limits. Police encourage residents to ask anyone portraying themselves as an itinerant vendor/solicitor for their city issued permit which will verify who they are. If the subject(s) do not produce the proper permit, police should be contacted immediately at 914-737-8000. The City of Peekskill only issues permits to reputable companies whose solicitors must go through a background check prior to any permit being issued.
Police noted that some individuals with less than honorable intentions use the ruse of being an itinerant vendor/solicitor to gain access to a home or to gain knowledge of when a home may be vacant at a specific time, only to return later to burglarize it. Some common scams include but are not limited to individuals offering chimney cleaning, gutter cleaning, and driveway sealing services.
Residents are reminded that they should never allow a stranger into their home and if they have any suspicions at all, contact the police immediately. If the subject(s) leave once challenged about a permit, get a good description of them and any vehicle they may be operating, a direction of travel and contact the police immediately.