Westminster police are warning homeowners to beware of anyone leaving a leaflet or approaching residents offering to paint house numbers on the curb for $10.
Police recommend that the house number appear in 4-inch numerals on or near the front door to aid emergency personnel, but the company leaving the leaflets, Community Painting Service, is not licensed to do such work in Carroll County or Westminster.
Officers said the company does not have a trader's license or permit from the city to do curb painting.
Police said many people park in front of their homes and block numbers painted on the curb, and that during the winter, snow could be piled above the curb and block the number.
Representatives of the company have instructed homeowners who want the numbers painted to fasten the leaflet to the front door, garage door or somewhere else visible after they complete the form with their name and address.
Any painting or marking on the curbside must be approved by the mayor and City Council, police said.
Anyone visited by a representative of Community Painting Service should notify police at 848-4646.