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Cinnaminson Police Respond to Solicitation Reports

If someone knocks on your door without a permit, call the police department.

Cinnaminson Police advised residents Friday about the rules regarding door-to-door solicitation. Credit: Patch file photo
Cinnaminson Police advised residents Friday about the rules regarding door-to-door solicitation. Credit: Patch file photo

Responding to recent inquiries regarding door-to-door solicitation, Cinnaminson Police advised residents Friday that all solicitors must have a permit.

Per township ordinance, anyone wishing to solicit must apply through the police department and submit to a background check. If a permit is issued, it must be picked up and returned to the police department every day, police noted.

Each authorized solicitor will also be issued a photo identification, which must be visible at all times, police said.

Solicitation is only permitted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If a solicitor comes to your door without a proper permit/photo ID, contact Cinnaminson Police at 856-829-6666 to report them. Harassment of residents will not be tolerated, police stressed.
AnoninCinna January 28, 2014 at 05:32 PM
I expect, not just "enjoy" any measures the government takes to ensure my safety. If that involves regulating door-to-door solicitors by requiring a permit, then so be it. Another interesting article. The conflict between the right to "free speech" (i.e. solicitation) and the right to privacy seems to be a long embattled one. So there is no clear-cut answer in this debate. http://sogpubs.unc.edu//electronicversions/pdfs/lglb78.pdf?
AnoninCinna January 28, 2014 at 05:32 PM
I expect, not just "enjoy" any measures the government takes to ensure my safety. If that involves regulating door-to-door solicitors by requiring a permit, then so be it. Another interesting article. The conflict between the right to "free speech" (i.e. solicitation) and the right to privacy seems to be a long embattled one. So there is no clear-cut answer in this debate. http://sogpubs.unc.edu//electronicversions/pdfs/lglb78.pdf?
AnoninCinna January 28, 2014 at 05:35 PM
In the introduction it references that ordinances enacted by towns fall under "public health, safety, and welfare concerns". That seems reasonable to me, and what our town ordinance seems to fall under. http://www.mrsc.org/subjects/legal/nuisances/peddlers.aspx
JustALocalGuy January 28, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Now THIS is a great discussion. We're exchanging some interesting ideas here. I come down more firmly on the side of liberty, accepting that occasionally I may be annoyed by an uninvited visitor. My sense is that it is better for society generally, to remain more open and more free. The more we begin to unquestioningly accept the myriad intrusions of government into ordinary activities, the less free we become, generally.
Ruth Mays January 29, 2014 at 01:53 PM
It would seem that the Cinnaminson ordinance fails the constitutionality test in two ways- it unduly restricts the hours, and by virtue of requiring a background check, which is costly, places an undue burden on commerce. In fact, ordinances like this one, and even less restrictive than ours have been struck down by courts, including the US Supreme court

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