More towns are fingerprinting vendors

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Wary of out-of-state scammers knocking on doors, cities and towns across the suburbs west of Boston are passing bylaws requiring door-to-door salespeople, taxi drivers, and other “transient” vendors to be fingerprinted before allowing them to do business within town limits.

“We’ve had numerous complaints of people coming door to door,” said Lincoln Police Department Lieutenant Kevin Kennedy. “A lot of times, for instance, when houses get broken into, people pose as solicitors knocking on the door. When somebody comes to the door, it’s an added level of protection.”

Lincoln is one of 15 municipalities, including Brookline, Wellesley, and Hopkinton, that have had such bylaws approved by the FBI. Other towns, such as Belmont, have passed bylaws and are waiting on their approval.

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