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Police Warn Residents of 'Urban Development' Solicitors

The organization reportedly recruits people with criminal backgrounds to sell magazine subscriptions.

warn residents to look out for solicitors operating under the guise of a nonprofit called Urban Development (also known as Urban One, Urban Nation, Urban Development, Urban Success, and Urban Development Solutions).

Police have received several complaints of representatives from this organization who attempt to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door. According to police, the organization recruits individuals who tend to have criminal backgrounds and are trained to repeat a "struggling college student speech" to customers. The group moves solicitors all over the country.

Complaints further allege that the solicitors commit or attempt to commit crimes of opportunity, including burglary, larceny, and sexual assault while selling subscriptions. There have been reports of fights and drug use at local hotels where the solicitors stay, according to police.

According to the department, residents should not engage with the solicitors and should report any issues to dispatchers by calling 203-254-4800.

fatmancarruthers September 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
If someone knocks on your door and you dont recognize them, dont answer
Lynn Moore September 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I opened my door and talked with one young man selling for this organization. He was bright, polite and working his way up. He was kind and proud and grateful for the opportunity to work and provide for his son. We talked for 40 minutes and I did not buy a magazine. When he left we had both made an impact on each others lives.
angelica January 27, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Well there are in the san Mateo area. Honestly the young with his politeness and respectfulness convinced me to buy a magazine. But as I was making the check, he started asking questions like if I or my nieces were married. Also he said yall make bread huh? House looks nice! What?! Now I'm warning the people around here and I'm canceling this deal. Locking my doors and everything!
Harley Rakestraw February 10, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I approached the McDonald's food order station. A young man arrived at the same time. I said, go ahead. He said no, after me. He was in a pressed shirt and tie, with a pleasant look on his face. He was seated before I got my order ready. I sat down across from him with a glass divider between us. I was finishing my meal when he politely asked if he could talk to me. He showed me his ID and did an excellent job of presenting his products. I purchased. We talked another 30 minutes. I volunteer work with drug addiction treatment and rehab. Being a salesman for a career and my volunteer work gives me an ability to smell a rat. No odor here. His request to look on the website confirmed all he said. If we don't give these young men a chance, they will stay in their old life and really cause loss in your life. The above article is vague and slanderous. I'm impressed.
Shannon Jennings October 08, 2013 at 04:15 AM
I feel people who are there shouldnt be stereo typed cause you dont know what they have been through in life. I think I deserve a chance to get my lifes strait. Everyone needs a second chance

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