Police: Be cautious with door-to-door solicitors

Local police have received several calls from residents concerned with solicitors inquiring about natural gas services.
Becky Vargo
Jun 12, 2014


Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said solicitors have to be licensed and that none are licensed at this time.

One resident said a woman wearing a yellow hardhat, with the word "Energy" on it, came to her home Wednesday morning and wanted to see her gas bill, her gas meter and her back yard.

The resident told the solicitor to come back later when her husband was at home.

Michigan Gas Utilities spokesperson Nick Krzeminski said people should not show anyone their bills because they contain account and meter numbers.

Although deregulation has allowed Customer Choice companies to operate in Michigan, customers should check for identification and make sure the company is licensed and is a legitimate company in the state of Michigan,  he said.

Hawke said door-to-door solicitors should be able to show a City of Grand Haven solicitor's license with the City seal on it, the clerk's signature and a "paid" stamp.

The chief said be very cautious about allowing a solicitor into your home.

"Most business can be completed at the door or outside," he said.

"When in doubt, call 911 and ask that an officer respond to investigate," Hawke said. "Get a good description of suspicious persons and vehicles involved, including the license plate number."

Watch for a complete story in Friday's print and electronic editions of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Michael Johnson

It wasn't a hard hat...someone came wanting to know if we were receiving the appropriate credit on our bill for green energy - I did not recognize the company name, so I stalled. Does anyone know if there is a legitimate company conducting this survey door to door in Grand Haven? I am guessing it is some sort of scam.


They should not need your account number for that. Nobody should ever need your personal info while soliciting at your door.


That's how their getting you into the Customer Choice Company contract.


Hey Becky, Grammar police are here. Its "yellow" not Yelling....lol!

Sorry I just had too, figured you needed a good chuckle for the upcoming weekend! :)

Barry Soetoro

Fair enough but I'm calling the Spelling Police on you.

Where's LTA been lately?


Did I spelt something wrong Barry? wasn't very good in inglish class....

LTA? MIA I guess?

Tri-cities realist

I think he was just noting the difference between grammar and spelling.

Barry Soetoro

I wanted to say Homophone Police but couldn't get it through the filter yesterday. I wonder why not?


Ran into him last night. He is alive and well.


I thought anything door to door was against the law now day,s, sure would not take a chance doing that, you might get a gun in your face, like the vacuum salesman that got shot the other day


I have signs on both my back and front doors that clearly state; NO SOLICITING. And if they knock on my door I ask them if they have a literacy problem and if not then you have 5 seconds to get off my porch or I will simply call the police on them. That usually does the trick. I have zero tolerance for solicitors. The majority of them are scam artists besides. And Jehovah Witness knows better than to knock on my door. They KNOW from experience with me.


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