Social media abuzz about door-to-door solicitor; Sheriff’s Office urges people to report suspicious activity

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - The Gurley community is on high alert right now.   Through social media, the community has shared a post that says a man is visiting various neighborhoods asking for money.

According to neighbors who have answered the door, he has become verbally aggressive at times and has made people very uncomfortable.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says it's perfectly legal to solicit door-to-door as long as you have a business license, but you can't harass people.

While the post went viral, no one has reported the incident.

"You just can't rely on those sources to be the information you're putting out. For us to come and assist, you have to call us at our dispatch center so we can come out," said Lt. Donny Shaw of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Officers did respond the following day to eastern parts of the county.  They found everyone going door-to-door had a license at the time.

This is one reason social media is helpful in a community, but you still must report criminal activity if you have suspicion.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office also urges neighborhoods to sign up for Nextdoor, and encourage residents to share information this way. It is a great way to communicate with people on your street and surrounding streets.  Using Nextdoor, neighbors create private websites to get to know one another, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations, the sheriff’s department said.

All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood.