Door To Door Sales: Should You Answer The Door?

By: Melina Matthes

BELLEVUE (kptm) - Bellevue police are reminding people to be careful when they answer their door.

This warning comes after several people called police saying they found suspicious flyers on their doors.

People living in Leawood Oaks in Bellevue said a sales person came to each of their houses earlier this week.

It's something those living in this neighborhood say they've seen a lot of lately. "I usually just tell them I'm not interested," Edward Haning said.

Tracy Drollinger said, "When I open the door I just tell them I'm in the middle of dinner and then I shut the door."

Just last week a local company put flyers on every door, but there's no company phone number or address listed. "It caught my eye, the green color but I didn't really get a chance to read it right away. I kind of skimmed over it and thought it was interesting," Joshua Kropenske said.

"I just took it in and threw it out," Drollinger said.

Bellevue police said the company did not have a permit, but since they didn't knock on any doors or try talking to anyone, they didn't break the law.

"Because of an interesting technicality in the system, this particular business, they are leaving their business information on the homeowners door, mailbox, wherever it may be therefor they are requiring the homeowner to reach out and contact them," Public Information Officer, Laurie Synowiecki said.

And even if you have a "no soliciting" sign on your door they can still leave a note. "It doesn't bother me, I just usually throw them away," Haning said.

"If they want to leave it on my door, that's fine just don't bother me," Drollinger said.

But if they do bother you and try to verbally sell you something, they must carry a permit and show it to you if you ask to see it. "I would encourage anyone in the city to do so, to verify who's at your door," Synowiecki said.

And if they seem suspicious, she said to call 911.

Bellevue police said if you're going to be gone for an extended period of time, they recommend you ask a friend, relative, or neighbor to keep a close eye on your home while you're away; collect your mail, newspapers and grab any flyers that are on your front door. You never know who is watching your house when you aren't there.

Bellevue police say there is an exception, children selling items door to door do not have to carry a permit.

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