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Use caution with solicitors
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McMinnville Police Department issues a reminder to never open your door if it’s someone you don’t know.

Authorities are urging residents to use caution when dealing with solicitors or panhandlers, even the ones who seem harmless.

“We recognize there are people in our community with legitimate needs,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “We also recognize that your assistance is better utilized by donating to local, established organizations whose mission is lending a helping hand to those who have verified needs.”

Those words come following reports of at least one individual going door-to-door at businesses, churches and homes in McMinnville soliciting donations due to a hardship. Regardless of the reason given, Denton says do not give cash to anyone soliciting money

Denton says residents should never open their door to a stranger. 

“Citizens should also never open their door to a stranger no matter what the conversation may be. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call 911,” he said.

Safety Tips:

• Never open the door to someone you do not know. 

• Always look through the peephole or curtain to see who is at the door. 

• If it’s someone you don’t know, acknowledge you are home. 

• Do not engage in conversation, but say “no thank you” and “please, go away.” 

• If you are outside, do not let a solicitor approach you. 

• If a person approaches your house, walk inside and lock the door. 

Think safety first.