A My Southborough reader wrote in to report that some door-to-door solicitors hawking magazine subscriptions visited her house earlier this week.
I checked with Interim Chief Jane Moran, and she confirmed that an organization recently registered with the police department and will be going door-to-door throughout town for the next six weeks.
Moran said the police have already received calls about their aggressive tactics. But because Southborough’s bylaw concerning solicitors is weak, there’s not much the police can do.
“We can ask them to tone it down, but we can’t remove them or ask them to leave,” Moran said.
Moran suggested residents not open the door to people they don’t know. She also said you can post no trespassing and no solicitation signs on your property. If solicitors ignore the signs, police can then take action.
Solicitors are allowed to work from 7:00 am to 30 minutes after sunset. Sunset is around 8:20 pm this time of year.
For the most part, the folks selling magazine subscriptions are not local. I don’t have specifics on the particular organization currently canvassing in town, but for some enlightening (and disturbing) reading, check out For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews by the New York Times.