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Police warn residents of unlicensed door-to-door salespeople

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With the warmer weather coming, Eyewitness News looked into door-to-door solicitors and how you can prevent being scammed.

Neighbors in towns including Preston, Old Lyme and Lyme reported people going door-to-door trying to sell things without permission.

Because they are strangers in the neighborhood, towns such as Preston have an ordinance requiring peddlers to purchase a vending license before they can sell anything.

"We've had people selling school books and those kind of things," said Preston first selectman Robert Congdon. "We make sure they have insurance. We know who they are so that when they go to someone's house they can show a card from our troopers. So the people have a little bit more peace of mind."

It's a law that puts many homeowners at ease.

"I wouldn't say we get a lot, but those who come in maybe a handful, five to 10, something like that," said Bonnie Reemsynder of Preston. "We need to make sure we know who's out there."

In many communities and towns such as Preston, you can't go knocking door-to-door and try and sell something unless you fill out a permit first and are approved.

Door-to-door salesmen pushing their wares in Old Lyme must not only fill out an application, they must also provide a photo identification and their social security number, have a background check performed. If they are accepted they must pay $25 dollars per day for each vehicle and $5 per day for each solicitor.

As for Old Lyme, if you or a nonprofit are selling door-to-door without a permit, the fine is $50.

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