The Mayor and Town Council, along with The Secaucus Police Department, remind residents to remain vigilant with door-to-door solicitors and others who may come to your house this holiday season. It is important to refrain from allowing anyone into your home unless you are expecting a visitor and be sure to verify the identification of utility workers before inviting them inside.
To help further safeguard residents from malicious visitors, solicitors are required to register with the Secaucus Police Department prior to beginning any canvassing activities. Solicitors are issued an identification to be worn while canvassing the community, which must be visible at all times. It is important to note that the identification does not imply that the canvasser is affiliated with The Town of Secaucus in any way.
If you are approached by a door-to-door solicitor who is not wearing the required identification, please call the Secaucus Police Department at 201-330-2060.
Certain organizations, such as religious groups, may be exempt from solicitation permit registration under their first amendment rights; however, they must still notify the Secaucus Police Department prior to any canvassing activities. For additional information about the Peddler / Door-to-Door Salesperson permit requirements, please visit the Secaucus Police Department website.
Additional information has been supplied by PSE&G:
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is urging its customers to be alert to scams this season. Customers should be cautious of callers who demand immediate payment via a pre-paid card, and wary of phony utility workers showing up at their door to “check a problem.”
“The only way to protect against these scams is for customers to be cautious when contacted by someone seeking access to their home or demanding immediate payment,” Greg Dunlap, vice president of Customer Operations for PSE&G. “Even one customer being robbed or cheated is one too many.”
Phone scammers use scare tactics -- threatening service termination if they do not receive immediate payment with a pre-paid credit card. PSE&G offers a number of payment options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.
Door-to-door scammers use trickery -- showing up at someone’s house dressed like a utility worker and say they need to “check a problem.” Often, after they gain access they burglarize the home. Always ask for I.D.
When in doubt or if suspicious in any way, PSE&G urges customers to call the number listed on their bill: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). Report all scam attempts by calling your utility and local police department, and file a complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint.
For more information about scams go to www.pseg.com/scamalert.