The Village of Vernon Hills prohibits soliciting at any residence that displays a warning notice near the front door to the residence or the main entrance to the property. The notice must be easily observable to the person licensed to solicit. It must also be no less than 12 square inches and bear the words No Peddlers or Solicitors.
To assist residents who wish to display such a notice, the Village has laminated signs (pictured here) available free of charge. They can be picked up at the Vernon Hills Police Department Records Section, 740 Lakeview Parkway, from Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. They are also available at the Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. If you questions about the signs or would like to schedule an alternative time to pick one up, call 847-247-4889.
Residents are encouraged to NOT open doors for people you do not know. If you feel concerned or unsafe, please contact VHPD immediately by calling 911.
Depending on the time of year, it's not all that unusual to see panhandlers standing on the sidewalk or on the side if the road. While some of the people you see may legitimately be in need of assistance, others are not and are simply using this ruse as an easy way to tug at your heart (and your wallet).
Remember, con artists are very good at what they do and you probably won’t be able to determine if there is a legitimate need for your money. Don’t be fooled by a cardboard sign or children that appear to be with the panhandler. It might still be a scam.
Understand, in no way are we trying to discourage you from donating money to a worthwhile cause. We just don’t want you to throw it away. Besides, there are plenty of legitimate charity organizations out there that will be happy to take your donations.
Be leery of anyone asking you for money. When in doubt, don’t do it.