BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) - As one city considers creating a "do not bother" list, 2 NEWS took a look at how the lists are working in other cities with them.
The Beavercreek City Council is crafting an ordinance that would create a "Do Not Solicit" list.
Signing up would mean anyone from religious and political groups to sales people and fundraisers couldn't bother you face to face.
They could only leave flyers behind.
The list already exists in Riverside.
The city manager there says about 600 people or 10 percent of the population have signed up so far.
But it's taken some time to get people to abide by it.
"We've got a little bit of transition of those who do regular door to door solicitation in the city," says Riverside City Manger Bryan Chodkowski.
Violators can face fines.
Perhaps where the city's seen the most benefit is in another part of the law requiring anyone who sells door to door to apply for a license.
During that process, the city has found a few sales people with criminal records and denied them licenses.
"That permit system has turned up some folks that were not of the caliber we would like," Chodkowski says.
Safety is a big reason why many want on the list.
But even they have a soft spot for some who sell door to door.
"I have to admit I'll give to the girl scouts or the boy scouts," says Beavercreek resident Janie Ruminski. "Stuff like that you don't feel as threatened by a child."
Under the law, those groups must get a license like everyone else.
But those 2 NEWS spoke with say they don't see as many students or scouts going door to door these days anyway.
"I haven't had a girl scout here in 6 years," said one resident.
Englewood was the first area city with a "Do Not Solicit" list. It was challenged in court but was upheld, other than a change in times when religious and political groups could go door to door.
The city manager there says half of residents have signed up to be on the list.
Captain Jeff Fiorita of the Beavercreek Police Department says a solicitation ordinance has been on the books since 1988. It was last reviewed in 2005.
The council last looked at the ordinance eight years ago, so they say it's time to consider any new changes.
The current ordinance requires solicitors to apply for a permit. They then go through a background check and must pay a fee for a one year license.
Anyone caught without a permit faces a fourth degree misdemeanor which adds up to a $250 fine.
Continuous violations increase the fine up to $500.
Captain Fiorita says the police department has issued 33 permits over the past year and received 38 incidents and complaints about solicitors.
He says the new do not bother concept is in its early stages, so any changes to enforcement is down the road.
The city council says it could be November before an updated ordinance is voted on.
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