Dover Township officials consider 'Do Not Knock' law

Just two months after a Dover resident was murdered by a door-to-door salesman, Dover Township officials are considering a "Do Not Knock" law.

Dover Township Mayor Paul Brush sent an amended ordinance to the town council for review. The ordinance would set up a "Do Not Knock" list. It would also require background checks for all solicitors and impose potential fines of $1,250. Brush says the proposal has not yet been formally introduced because he feels it is an important piece of legislation and he wants to make sure it is done right.

In June, 77-year-old Shirley Reuter was murdered in her own home by a door-to-door solicitor. Azriel Bridge, an out of state, unregistered door-to-door salesman was charged with Reuter's murder.

Mantoloking and Point Pleasant Borough have enacted "Do Not Knock" municipal laws already. One Dover resident has collected more than 2,000 signatures on a petition to ban door-to-door soliciting. There will be a first reading of the "Do Not Knock" proposal Tuesday at the town council meeting.

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