Wilmington Police issued a community alert to residents after receiving several calls reporting non-permitted solicitors attempting to sell paving services in the area.
Lt. Brian Pupa said police do not suspect that any of the solicitors are attempting to scam residents. Pupa added that the department is attempting to warn residents just in case that scenario comes up in the future.
“In the past, this sort of solicitation has caused problems, and regionally there have been problems with scams,” said Pupa. “We want to be proactive, especially to make sure people like the elderly don’t fall victim to a scam.”
Legal solicitors in town must have a photo identification that is issued through the Police Department. There are also strict hours in the town bylaws that only allow for solicitation from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Residents are encouraged to request to see identification if a salesman comes to their door. In addition, Pupa told homeowners to report non-credentialed solicitors to police along with any suspicious activity.
Pupa said the department received at least three calls on Thursday about representatives from pavement companies going door to door.
“It’s the time of year when we see an increase in solicitors since it’s nice outside and there are more residents considering getting work done at their home,” said Pupa. “We don’t have reports of any scams as of now, but there is an increase in people from out of state in neighborhoods in town. We just want to be proactive and make people aware.”