Woman concerned after magazine solicitation
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers woman is saying enough is enough after a run-in with a man claiming to be a magazine salesman.
She says she felt uncomfortable when he started asking personal questions.
"Right now I really just want to get the word out," said Jessica Kurtz after she recently had an unwelcome visitor at her Fort Myers home.
"A man knocked on my door and pretended to be selling magazines," she said.
Jessica became suspicious when the man became curious about more than just sales.
"Asking all sorts of weird questions," she said. "What kind of cars are in my driveway what time my husband is home."
She immediately closed the door and called 9-1-1.
"I have some concerns about the door-to-door sales that's being allowed to happen in our neighborhoods causing a gateway for criminals to come into our neighborhoods and scope out our homes," said Jessica.
FOX 4's Kelli Stegeman took her concerns to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. A sergeant telling her over the phone Jessica did exactly what she should have done, call police.
In Lee County magazine sales are allowed door-to-door only if you have a permit. The sheriff's office says if you answer the door, ask about the permit.
Jessica says more needs to be done.
"With identity thefts and robberies, times are changing. I think maybe that law needs to change a little bit."
Jessica says deputies told her they found the man but didn't arrest him. The sheriff's office says it is up to the deputies discretion if an arrest needs to happen.
Typically they are able to scare them from the area but if not, they take down their information in case the soliciting turns into something bigger.