WHEATON, Ill. – The Wheaton Police Department has received several complaints in recent weeks about an increase in the number of aggressive and threatening solicitors engaged in door-to-door visits.
Never allow a solicitor access to your residence for any reason.
If you feel threatened or in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Wheaton City Code (Ord. No. F-0764) provides that:
- It is unlawful for any solicitor to go onto any premises and ring a door bell or knock prior to 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m. on any weekday, or prior to 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on any weekend day.
- Any citizen of the city desiring to prohibit solicitors, canvassers or peddlers from their premises may post a sign indicating "No Solicitors Invited" that solicitors are prohibited from entering onto their property. The same applies to apartments as well.
- Solicitors are required to peacefully depart from the premises when requested to do so by the occupant and are informed that they are no longer welcome on the premises.
Residents are not required nor should they feel compelled to even answer the door if the resident believes that the individual is a solicitor.
If for any reason residents feel uncomfortable or if a solicitor refuses to leave they should call 9-1-1 immediately.