Santa Cruz police are cautioning residents to beware of door-to-door solicitors after a series of incidents over the past two days. Residents in West Santa Cruz reported being approached by one or two males requesting money for a photography or communication study trip to Europe, police said. They are known to ring the doorbell several times and claim they live in the neighborhood. In exchange, they offer to sell an item such as magazines or children’s books. In two other instances, residents reported a female claiming to be associated with a local nonprofit selling magazines and males attempting to sell items in East Santa Cruz, police said. Police do not know how many residents have contributed to the solicitors. Soliciting requires a business license from the city and is unlawful from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m., police said. Residents are reminded to call 911 if they have concerns over individuals soliciting in their neighborhood. Police encourage anyone with information to call an anonymous tip line at (831) 420-5995.
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