Late night solicitors show up in more Mid State neighborhoods; Here’s how to respond

Door-to-door salesmen are showing up late at night in more neighborhoods.
Door-to-door salesmen are showing up late at night in more neighborhoods.
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 7:36 PM CDT|Updated: May. 31, 2023 at 7:53 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - There are new reports of late-night solicitors showing up in Brentwood after neighbors reported the activity in Sylvan Park and Bellevue earlier in the week.

Salesmen are trying to sell products like pest control and magazines as late as 8:00 p.m.

“It’s always, can we do your gutter? Can we check your roof?” Tom Nelson said.

Nelson said men came knocking on doors along McPherson Drive in Brentwood trying to sell pest control services after 8:00 p.m.without business cards and sharing information that doesn’t add up. Nelson said the same type of interactions happening in Bellevue are happening to him and his neighbors.

“There’s just a host of things and they are not supposed to do this, the neighborhood also posts that you can’t do this, but they don’t seem to care,” Nelson said.

WSMV4 asked the Metro Clerk’s Office and Brentwood Police what people can do to try and stop this from happening.

Brentwood Police said if someone at your door can’t show you a soliciting permit you can call and report them to the police department. If you live in Nashville or Davidson County, you can report someone at your door who does not show you a permit to the Hub Nashville. If they come around again, you can call Metro Police.

“It’s an ongoing issue,” Nelson said.

Neighbors believe if this issue isn’t handled soon, someone could knock on the wrong door and get hurt.