When solicitors can come and ask for money, they also must abide by city laws and ordinances.

When solicitors can come and ask for money, they also must abide by city laws and ordinances.
On Thursday, the Boonville Police Department, had to stop solicitors on Morgan Street who did not have a soliciting license.
Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said that residents should be aware of what they need to do or not do when being confronted by a solicitor.
“I would suggest the person call their local law enforcement or 911 to report it. The City of Boonville has specific ordinances dealing with the issue,” Welliver stated.
Below is advice that Welliver would like citizens to abide by before they make a decision they may regret.  
• Follow identify theft prevention guidelines by never giving credit card or a check to anyone who solicits you and you do not know. It is often very difficult to determine if someone is legitimately repre- senting a real organization or charity.
• Never open the door to someone you do not know. If no one opens the door to a solicitor, there would be no reason to solicit in your neighborhood.
• Always look through the peep hole or window and see who it is.
• Teach your children what to do if they are alone and someone comes to the home or is looking in windows.
• If you do not know them, say ‘no thank you’ through the door and walk away.
• Do not get into a conversation with a solicitor through the door. They will try to converse with you but getting into a conversation of any kind with a solicitor only encourages them to stay.
• If solicitors try to approach you while you are outside, do not let them approach. Say, ‘no thank you,’ walk back into your house and close and lock your door. A conversation only encourages a solicitor.
• If the solicitor does not go peaceably on their way, call the police for assistance.
• Watch where the solicitor goes next and notice what they do. Look for suspicious behavior such as looking in car windows, testing doors for locks, or entering back yards.
• Call your neighbors and warn them to also watch for suspicious activity.
• If you notice anything suspicious, please call the police department when the activity is happening.