Police Act Quickly to Implement ‘Do Not Knock’ Online Registry

Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro.

The Haverhill Police Department went to work quickly to implement the city’s new “Do Not Knock” registry.

The police department website, www.HaverhillPolice.com, has been updated with information and a form for residents to place their addresses to opt out of receiving certain sales visits at their homes, said police Captain Robert P. Pistone. As of 3:50 p.m., Wednesday, four addresses were already listed. Haverhill city councilors approved the registry—similar to the federal Do Not Call list—Tuesday night.

“The penalty for those violating the ordinance is a $300 fine and revocation of their hawker/ Peddler license for up to one year,” Pistone said.

Residents must update their addresses annually as information expires Dec. 31 each year. They may also place “No Trespassing” or “No Solicitation” signs on their property instead. Companies selling wares must obtain a permit from the police department, pay a $100 fee and refer to the list and avoid listed homes.

The website also contains a link where businesses and individuals may view the updated addresses of those residents who have registered with the Haverhill Do Not Knock Registry. Those residents and businesses that do not wish to be solicited by door-to-door sales may register their address.

Exempted from the ordinance are persons advocating religious, political, social or beliefs protected by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution; the sale or delivery of newspapers; charitable organizations; and candidates for public office.

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