BOISE -- Reports this week of aggressive door-to-door salespeople put Boise Police on alert.

Police sent a warning out to the public Thursday, and KTVB wanted to know what the laws and best practices are for door-to-door salespeople.

The Better Business Bureau said door-to-door sales is a legitimate method for making sales and getting more business. In addition, there are ways to see if the salesperson is doing things the right way before you open your door, and before you buy something.

American Exteriors have 10 canvassers in Idaho that making their living going door-to-door.

Their typical day, they usually knock on anywhere between 60 and 70 homes a day, said Russell Gibson, from American Exteriors.

Gibson said American Exteriors generates 95 percent of their business from door-to-door sales, so they need to make sure their salespeople do things the right way. They have an A+ from the Better Business Bureau.

We conduct business on a door-to-door basis. We depend on direct marketing, Gibson said.

Dale Dixon, from the Better Business Bureau, said they've been getting a lot of calls since Boise Police sent out the warning.

That has put everybody on the alert, and they're now highly aware of that knock on the door, said Dixon.

Dixon said the fly-by-night companies, those who appear untrustworthy, are rare, and there are some ways to weed them out.

When somebody knocks on your door to sell something, ask them for a solicitor's permit, said Dixon.

Each city has their own requirements for permits, and are usually issued from the city clerk's office.

They should be very open and transparent about the name of their company. They should encourage you to research that company, and they should not pressure you into making a purchase right now on the spot, Dixon said.

The Better Business Bureau said door-to-door sales by nonprofits, charities and schools are exempt from licensing.

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