Solicitors/Peddlers Policy in St. Peters
In St. Peters, it’s your right not to be disturbed by unwanted
solicitors. In fact, you can get a sticker right now from City Hall that
will keep licensed peddlers/solicitors from entering your property.
Visit the Citizen Action Center at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, except on holidays) and pick up a “No
Solicitors Invited” sticker to put on or near the front entrance of
your home. The sticker is FREE and available to our residents. In St.
Peters, any person who wants to sell door-to-door needs to apply for a
peddlers/solicitors license. All license holders must follow our rules,
and that includes looking for the “No Solicitors Invited” sticker when
they approach a home. If they see that sticker on your home, the
solicitor knows right away of your intent to refuse them entry to your
If you have the sticker displayed near your
entrance and a solicitor knocks, tell them they are breaking City law
and call St. Peters Police at 636-278-2222. Our Police Department
enforces our peddler/solicitor laws. HERE IS THE LINK to City code
You should keep in mind that
not-for-profit organizations (including churches, politicians, Scouts,
etc.) can legally knock on your door, but they still should leave your
property if you request them to do so.
Here are a few safety tips when it comes to solicitors:
- Please be wary of any stranger knocking on your door. Unfortunately,
there are a number of scams out there. The St. Peters Police Department
warns of “ruse burglaries,” where someone posing as a utility worker,
public official or someone needing help tries to convince you to come
with them outside your home. Or, sometimes they might even ask you to
lead them to your basement. While you’re distracted, a partner
burglarizes your house. In the case of someone claiming to be on
official business, it's a good idea to ask for identification, but that
can be faked. It's a better idea to call the agency and confirm that
there are legitimate workers in the area. Be especially suspicious of
anyone who wants access to your home.
- Some of the most common scams have to do with contractor fraud. You should be skeptical anytime you receive an unsolicited offer for a home repair or improvement. Asphalt repair is a common offer. So is foundation and attic work. They might also try to give you a free home inspection. The initial price for improvements might seem like a great deal. But, once they get your business, the scam artist could try any number of ways to rip you off. They could start work and then say it will cost much more to complete it, use substandard materials or do shoddy work, try to steal items from your home, try to get a large down payment and leave without doing the work, etc.
- Our Police Department suggests hiring companies that are known or recommended. Check the background of companies by calling the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or your nearest Better Business Bureau. Do some homework and check on the company. Verify their phone numbers and addresses. Check for business permits from local agencies, and ask if they are licensed, bonded and insured. Get at least three estimates in writing from different companies. Get all agreements in writing, including the description of the job, completion dates and price. Make the full payment only when the terms of the contract are met.
- CLICK HERE to learn more from our Police Department about how to avoid scams.