We were made aware that people are going door to door stating they are with the City and Police/Fire Departments and have been sent to paint house numbers on curbs.
While the Public Safety Departments encourage homeowners to have their address prominently displayed out front, we can assure you that we are not requiring or endorsing any service that may be going door to door selling the curb painting of house numbers. Should you encounter someone doing this, give dispatch a ring and provide them with a description of the subjects (817-281-1000) or check their solicitor permit status via the city website. NRH Solicitor Permits
Having a properly numbered house does make it safer for first responders and residents, as it allows us to locate and access locations faster. But again, curbside addresses are neither a requirement or an endorsement effort by the City or Police/Fire Departments.
Person posing as Oncor employee offering to install a smart meter.
Our department received reports of a male subject going door to door attempting to offer smart meters to residents. Essentially, the scam involves the male soliciting smart meters and posing as an Oncor representative. He then tells residents that if they do not switch to a smart meter, Oncor will charge $200 and requests financial information and/or a copy of their electric bills.
The male is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5’6″-5’8″, late 20’s, dark hair, closely trimmed beard, stocky build, wearing a green reflective vest and an Oncor shirt, carrying a clipboard and smart meter paperwork. If you encounter a subject matching this description or encounter someone attempting the same scam, please contact police dispatch (via 9-1-1 or 817-281-1000) so an officer can be dispatched to the area. Dispatchers are available 24/7 to take your call.
Solicitors in North Richland Hills are required to register for a permit. All active solicitors are displayed via the City site. You can view them and other related information via the link.