Crime Prevention Information
DOOR TO DOOR SOLICITATION
If you feel that the person who has come to your door is trying to sell or solicit anything under false pretences, please immediately telephone the police at 981-5900. If the solicitor threatens, intimidates you or refuses to leave, please dial 911 for immediate service.
We also recommend that you acknowledge anyone
knocking at your door or ringing the door bell.
None of this is intended to say that all persons
going door to door are doing so illegally or that they are criminals,
although historically, there have been many persons soliciting under
false pretences. You are the only who can decide if you feel that the
solicitation is suspicious. If you are not certain, call BPD for
assistance. You have the right to ask them to leave printed materials so
that you can check into the business or organization. Then you are able
to do your own research and if you decide, you may send them a check at
a later time. Never provide a door to door solicitor with a check or
credit card number.
There may also be a correlation between someone soliciting and persons casing your house and neighborhood for burglaries. Even if you do not give someone money or buy their products, someone else in your neighborhood may become a victim. Call the police anytime you feel the person or solicitation is possibly illegal. It is also a good idea to let your neighbors know, in case the solicitor tries to victimize them also.
Berkeley Municipal Codes related to door to door solicitation - the full text of these codes may be reviewed via the Police or City web sites or at the City Clerks office.
Solicitors must have a solicitor/vendor permit in their immediate possession and show it on demand - BMC 9.40.140 - sample attached below.
Hours for door to door solicitation - 0800am to 700pm, seven days a week - BMC 9.40.180
Unlawful to enter any property that is posted No Soliciting, No Peddling, No Agents or other similar verbiage - BMC 9.40.170. This does not include religious organizations or groups.
Soliciting defined - sell, take orders, offer to sell, offer to take orders for merchandise, wares, goods or anything - 9.40.010
Solicitor permits are issued through the Finance Department after each solicitor's background is screened by the Berkeley Police Department. The company that hires the solicitors must also have a business license in Berkeley.