On-post solicitation is prohibited without approval
Recent incident brings possible break-in attempts to light
By Lisa R. Rhodes
According to Army Regulation 210-7, solicitation on an Army installation without an appointment in areas used for housing or processing transient personnel, or soliciting in the barracks areas used as quarters is strictly forbidden.
Only two businesses are contracted by the Exchange to solicit business on the installation: Sweetest Surrender, an ice cream vendor permitted in the housing areas, and Tony's Diner, which serves lunch to workers at construction sites on post.
Sgt. 1st Class Roy Parker, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Military Police Investigations Division at DES, said he has contacted two pizza delivery companies near the installation to inform them of the regulation. He also told them that if they persist, the companies may be considered for placement on Fort Meade's off-limits establishment listing.
"If they continue to practice what is a criminal exercise, their businesses will suffer," Parker said, noting that the man who was soliciting in Meuse Forest on May 12 was escorted off the installation.
Parker said he has learned that the pizza companies are hiring people to distribute flyers in the housing areas. The companies do not know the people they are hiring, Parker said, and only know many of them on a first-name basis.
The hires gain access to the post by traveling with pizza personnel who legitimately come to Fort Meade to deliver pizza. The hires are dropped off in the housing areas to distribute pizza flyers and apparently, go from door to door.
There is concern that they then try to enter homes or unlocked vehicles, Parker said.
Capitol Meats Company, which sells discounted meat in bulk, has tried to take advantage of its ability to deliver goods by illegally soliciting business on post, Parker said.
All other businesses are prohibited from solicitation, Parker said.
A company that unlawfully solicits on post can be barred from the installation by Fort Meade's Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Review Board, which examines solicitation complaints. The board's recommendations are given to Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein, who has the authority to put a company on the off-limits establishment list.
A business is invited to attend a board meeting conducted by the AFDCB to address the concerns of the board. If the board is not satisfied with the business leader's plan to change the behavior or unsafe practice, the board can recommend to have the business placed on the off-limits establishment listing.
If solicitors have been escorted off post and return to the post at another time, they are considered to be criminally trespassing and are issued a citation to appear in federal magistrate court.
Parker said residents and employees should keep their homes and vehicles locked, and that if they see anyone soliciting a business or service on post, they should call the Fort Meade Police at 301-677-6622.
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