The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 4, 2013

Police warn residents about energy solicitations

Staff Report
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Danville police have received several calls about solicitors going door-to-door attempting to persuade residents to change energy providers.

“Consumers are now able to switch energy providers to select the service they are willing to pay for,” Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said in a press release Thursday.

“Various companies are offering plans, and they may make contact through the mail or door-to-door. Our concern, though no criminal act has occurred, is to remind citizens of protocols for door-to-door solicitors,” he said in the release.

Persons representing companies and going door-to-door are required to register with the City of Danville and obtain identification prior to the soliciting act. The identification, to be worn by the solicitor, readily identifies the person as having registered, according to Thomason.

“If a solicitor comes to your door, ask to see the identification issued by the City of Danville,” Thomason said in the release. “If one is not readily available and verifiable to the citizen, they should advise that person they need to register at city hall. It is the discretion of the citizen to act with the solicitor, but it is recommended not to conduct any business with an individual until proof of identification is shown.”

Additionally, Thomason recommended that the citizen should contact 911 and allow an officer to check the individual.