Davie County Considers Rules For Door-To-Door Solicitors

MOCKSVILLE, N.C.-- Leaders in Davie County are drafting an ordinance they hope will give residents some peace of mind.

The need for the ordinance came about two weeks ago after deputies say they started getting calls complaining about door to door salespeople.

"I've had the meat guys come by, I've had the tree people come by," Judy Swade explained.

Tuesday afternoon, it was a "tree guy" at her door trying to sell her his services.

"His truck didn't have a name or anything," Swade said.

According to JD Hartman, chief deputy in the sheriff's department, "they don't register with the county, they don't tell anybody they are here."

But they are going door to door and community members are concerned.

Hartman says the activity has increased in the area recently; some salespeople being dropped off in groups to cover an entire neighborhood.

"Officers would respond, make contact. In doing that, we identified probably nine different subjects who were doing this. They would move from one neighborhood to the next," Hartman said, adding that sometimes the people in question would use different names.

Deputies say they found that two of them had outstanding warrants against them and others had criminal backgrounds.

"In some of those neighborhoods, a week or two after they've moved on, we went back and had three or four houses broken into. I can't say they did that but it is strange," Hartman said.

Currently, Davie County has no ordinance against peddlers or panhandlers. However, that might change if commissioners adopt a proposed ordinance being drafted by the county attorney.

It would require door to door salespeople and panhandlers to be licensed and go through a background check.

"We can at least keep track of who is in the county doing what,' Ed Vogler, the county attorney said.

Hartman says it would help.

"It's just about protecting the community. Making sure that our residents are safe, making sure the residents and law enforcement agencies know who is out there and what's going on."

The ordinance would not allow anyone with a criminal charge in the last 5 years to get a door-to-door or panhandling license.

It does not affect Girls Scouts or similar groups.

There's a public hearing scheduled for the next commissioner's meeting on June 19th.

Bermuda Run, a town in Davie County, is considering a ban on all soliciting, begging and panhandling. It does not, however, address door-to-door sales.

A law against solicitors in Winston-Salem takes effect July 1.

Commercial solicitors will only be allowed to solicit during certain hours and they'll be required to have visible permit and will not be allowed on property with posted no soliciting signs.


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