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Police Tips For Door To Door Sales Calls

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The City of Cedar Rapids is reminding citizens to be aware of the requirements for door to door salespeople in the area. As the weather warms up, more and more salespeople are getting out in area neighborhoods. Police want people to remember that all door to door salespeople are required to have a license.
The City Clerks office will not approve those licenses until a criminal background check is approved. A license is required for each individual that conducts business in the city. The police department is encouraging folks to check for peoples licenses before doing business with them. 
The city has received several recent complaints about door to door salespeople. Those individuals were selling lawn care products, satellite or cable television products, and alarm systems. Police said folks should never feel like they have to invite door to door sales people into their homes or like they have to answer the door when salespeople knock.  Police also said people should not feel pressured to make a purchase.
Police said that people should ask salespeople for the name of their business and where its located. They should also only write checks to businesses not individuals.
Also important to  note, Non-Profit organizations like the Girl Scouts and Schools are exempt from the license requirement.
The City Clerks office can be contacted to make sure a business is licensed. That number is: (319) 286-5060.
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