Can Sign Up For Hamilton’s ‘No Knock’ List to Avoid Unwanted Solicitations
Tired of unwanted solicitations at your front door?
Well, thanks to Mayor Yaede, Councilman Pone and Councilwoman Thornton, you now
have the opportunity to stop solicitors from showing up at your door step.
Hamilton's new "No Knock" ordinance, which goes into
effect on October 11th, gives residents the opportunity to prohibit
solicitors, vendors and peddlers from approaching their home.
“Residents – particularly our seniors and families with young
children - should have the opportunity to protect themselves from unwanted
solicitations if they so desire,” says Councilwoman Thornton, a co-sponsor of
the ordinance. “I believe our new
registry offers an added protection for our friends, neighbors and loved ones –
helping to enhance the safety of our community.”
Residents can visit HamiltonNJ.com/NoKnock to sign up for protection against solicitors, such as various home and property
contractors (sidewalk/concrete, driveways, home remodeling, lawn maintenance or
tree trimming companies), energy companies (third-party providers of
electricity and/gas) or other professions that seek to conduct business
door-to-door. However, due to the First
Amendment of the United States Constitution, some activities are protected such
as charitable, religious or political activities; and therefore, this ordinance
cannot infringe upon these protected rights.
“This is just one additional way that we can continue to help keep
our entire community safe,” says Council President Dennis Pone. “Our new registry sends a clear message to
potential criminals and unscrupulous individuals that Hamilton will not
tolerate their presence in our hometown.”
After signing up or the “No Knock” registry, residents will receive
a decal to be placed on either their front doors or nearest windows adjacent to
their front doors. Participating homes
would remain on the registry for four years (unless residents’ voluntarily wish
to remove themselves from the protection), at which time they would need to
“Every single day, we are working to improve public safety; and
our new ‘No Knock’ registry is another tool for us to use to protect our
residents,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede, who worked with Councilwoman Thornton on
In addition to the decal, a listing of participating homes will be
made available to legal solicitors (which still must undergo routine licensing
and background checks) as an extra step to protect residents.
As part of this new effort, a ‘No Drop’ List was also created to help residents avoid the
distribution of unwanted circulars, including commercial and non-commercial
handbills, leaflets, coupon brochures or other writings, at their properties.
Newspaper deliveries/subscriptions will not be
impacted by signing up for the ‘No Drop’ registration (residents would need to
contact the newspaper directly to cancel services).