SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police have been getting a lot of calls about groups of people going door-to-door, asking to see residents’ electric bills. While some of them are from legitimate companies, there’s no way to track them.
Springfield Police asked the City Council Public Safety Committee to develop a process to identify and verify the solicitors, and let police know when they’ll be around.
“We’re just trying to toughen up our laws to make them register with the Police Department before they go out, to give us some teeth so that we can stop this from happening,” said Springfield Police Captain Cheryl Clapprood. “A lot of the elderly residents don’t understand they don’t have to give these people their electric bills. They’re giving them too much information.”
Captain Clapprood emphasized that you don’t have to open your door to anyone you don’t know, and you’re always welcome to call 911 to verify or identify strangers in your neighborhood.