Religious missionaries, political campaigners, door-to-door salespersons: If your front porch is starting to feel like the State Fair, you are probably ready to get these people off your property for good. Below are some tips from our Charlotte fence and gate company on dealing with solicitors and preventing them from approaching. (Yes, as you may imagine, one of them will be installing a Charlotte fence and gate.)
Solicitors are a lot like wild animals: If you feed them, they will keep coming back. Resist the temptation to engage in any sort of discussion or argument, and politely but firmly let them know you are not interested. Many solicitors, especially religious solicitors, are trained to overcome what they call “conversation stoppers,” so be prepared for a bit of a verbal tussle. No matter what, stand your ground, and don’t let them draw you into a conversation. The only word they need to hear is “No.”
If your solicitor is being particularly aggressive, one good way to scare them off is by requesting to see their necessary paperwork. Many cities and municipalities have ordinances requiring solicitors to obtain a permit, undergo a background check, and receive a photo ID in order to go door-to-door. If the solicitor does not have these items, and cannot present any proof of identity, you have the right to call the police to have them removed. (You also have the right to call the police even if they do have a permit, but asking for paperwork is a great way to scare trespassers away.)
If your “No Soliciting” signs are consistently being ignored, the best way to deter trespassers is with a fence and/or gate. This can be as simple or as fancy as you would like, from a classic picket fence, to an electronic gate that can be opened remotely. If you wanted to go the whole way in achieving home security, you can even integrate an intercom system so you can ask visitors about the purpose of their visit; and surveillance cameras so you can see them. If you determine that they are an unwanted trespasser, you can simply deny them access to your porch, all from the comfort of your couch.
If you need to protect your residential or commercial property, contact James Fence and Gate today. Our custom fences, gates, gate operators, and other security solutions will give you the privacy and peace of mind you deserve! To request a free installation estimate, please click here.