The City of Twin Falls is encouraging residents to be cautious of door-to-door solicitors who claim to be affiliated with the Twin Falls Fire Department. Residents have recently reported that transient vendors, who claim to be “licensed” by the Twin Falls Fire Department, are offering or selling fire-safety or smoke alarm inspections.

The Twin Falls Fire Department does not sell goods or services door-to-door, nor is it affiliated with transient vendors who are offering the service.

The city would also like to remind residents that all transient vendors, including door-to-door salespeople, are required to carry with them a city issued license at all times. Transient vendors must display the license when requested by residents or law enforcement.

In addition the City of Twin Falls Police Department requires all transient vendors to be fingerprinted in order to protect residents. The only exceptions to the nationwide background check are non-profits.

“Because of Twin Falls unique location along major highways and interstates, we receive several transient vendors who are soliciting business from citizens,” said Craig Kingsbury, Twin Falls Police Chief. “Although most of vendors are legitimate and acting with the best of intentions, residents should know that they are well within their rights to close the door on a pushy salesperson.”

Residents are encouraged to always ask transient vendors to display their city issued license, and also to report anyone conducting door-to-door sales who cannot — or will not — display a city issued license. Please report unlicensed transient vendors by calling 208-735-4357 or 911 in the event of an emergency.

Source: city of Twin Falls