Important Notice for Mead Residents: Peddlers and Solicitors

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In Mead, peddlers and solicitors are permitted to operate only if they have obtained a valid permit from the town. Many fail to obtain this required authorization, so verify their legitimacy and ask to see their permit!

What You Need to Know:

  1. Permit Requirements:
    • Companies must apply for a permit and provide detailed information about their business and employees, including criminal background checks.
  2. Common Issues:
    • Unlicensed Activity: Many peddlers and solicitors operate without the necessary permits, bypassing town regulations and oversight.
    • Deceptive Tactics: Some have started a new tactic to evade video doorbells by opening the front door and knocking, hoping to catch you off guard.
  3. Safety and Awareness:
    • Do Not Open the Door: If you do not recognize the individual, do not open your door. If necessary, engage through a window or intercom.
    • Verify Licenses: Remember, if they are unlicensed, they have not been vetted by the town and could be operating unlawfully.
    • Beware of Scams: These solicitors are often trained to manipulate residents with enticing deals. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  4. Risks of Engaging with Unlicensed Solicitors:
    • Overcharging and Non-Delivery: There are numerous reports of companies charging exorbitant fees or failing to deliver promised services.
    • Legal Evasion: These companies frequently employ out-of-state workers who avoid legal repercussions by not appearing in court

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Prioritize Safety: Always prioritize your safety and that of your household.
  • Consult Reputable Local Services: If you need a service, consider contacting a well-reviewed local company instead.
  • Stay Informed: Be aware of these potential scams and share this information with your neighbor

Your Role:

Vigilance is the first line of defense against these deceptive practices. By staying informed and cautious, you can help protect yourself and our community from unscrupulous peddlers and solicitors.