The Bryan Police Department and College Station Police Department are offering a few safety tips to use when citizens encounter door-to-door sales people at their home or business.
During the summer months there is often an increase in door-to-door salesmen offering products, services, and subscriptions for magazines or newspapers. Some of these salesmen use high-pressure tactics to pressure people into a sale; others might possibly be running a scam to get your money.
Anyone selling items door-to-door in the City of Bryan or College Station must have a permit through the local City Hall. The permit must be on their person when soliciting and displayed upon request.
Here are some safety tips from the Bryan & College Station Police Departments:
o Never allow a salesman into your home, even to use the phone
o Ask the salesman for a City Permit to solicit
o Remember you can always say “No” to whatever they are selling
o Do not give them any personal information (date of birth, social security number, bank account info, etc.)
o Don’t feel pressured into making a purchase; typically the same products or services can be found here locally in the Bryan/College Station area
o If the salesman refuses to leave, call 911
o If you live in an apartment complex, all services should be routed through your complex management. Do not believe that a product, service or subscription is mandatory inside the complex.
o Place a sign on your door that says “No Soliciting”
For more information on how to obtain a soliciting permit for the City of Bryan, call 979-209-5010. For information on how to obtain a soliciting permit for the City of College Station, call 979-764-3563.
It is a violation of Bryan and College Station city ordinance to solicit without a permit. City issued permits are not valid on Texas A&M property and door-to-door sales are not permitted on the Texas A&M campus either.
The safety of the Bryan/College Station community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens they serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department.
When you see suspicious activity, contact the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345; the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600; or the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department at 979-361-3888.
As the departments promote: “Together we can make a difference in our community. Hear It – See It – Report It.”