Broken Arrow neighbors want to put an end to solicitors

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 11/15/2013 11:55 pm Published: 11/15/2013 11:41 pm

No soliciting -- it is an ordinance that has been on the books for a while. For some reason, solicitors still come to Broken Arrow. Now officers of the law are stepping in. Broken Arrow Police Department is helping the homeowners associations get rid of soliciting in their neighborhoods, with a simple vote.

Door to door, solicitors stop by your house, ringing the bell.
FOX23 talked to residents who are fed up.
"It can be a little uncomfortable, they seem to come when my husband's not home, when I'm at home with kids by myself."

"I get a lot of fliers."

"Magazines, newspapers, vacuum cleaners."

However, the wording on this ordinance could get rid of solicitors in some neighborhoods in Broken Arrow.
FOX23 talked with Lisa Ford, a crime prevention specialist, who says the BAPD put it up to the homeowners associations to vote if they want to be a "no solicitor" area.

Ford said, "They have to have a sign on the entrance that says 'no solicitation.' That way when solicitors go to get their permits from city hall, they will know what neighborhoods they can go to and what neighborhoods they can't go to."

FOX23 found out they aren't the only ones protected.
Let's say you live in a neighborhood that doesn't have a homeowners association. All you have to do is post a "no soliciting" sign in the door and you'll be covered by the ordinance.

After months of talking about this, John Maxwell and the County Aire Homewowners Association sent this to BAPD and they voted to be part of it.

Maxwell tells FOX23, "We get a variety of solicitors in here and you never know where they are from or if they are legitimate or not."
Ford says it can be difficult to tell, but they hope the ordinance will let the association feel a little more protected and use it as a means of crime prevention.

Sometimes they aren't here just to sell magazines, they are here to see who's not home, to see what you have in your home.
FOX23 did find out there is a $500 fine if a solicitor repeatedly goes to a neighborhood that is marked no solicitation.

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