Breaking News: You're not as safe as you thought you were!
Millions of Americans have a security alarm system installed.
While this a great action to take on part of the homeowner and
one that truly does prevent crime in a neighborhood, it does
not prevent the criminal opportunists of the world from
trying to gain an entry into your home.
Door to door scams and impersonations have plagued the security
industry over the last couple of years when criminals impersonate
reputable security firms as salesman and try to gain entry into a homeowners
home and pretend to present them a security system or talk to them about
switching providers all while they are scooping out the joint for later entry.
Recently two security company impersonations happened in Washington state and
Arizona causing the residents great distress and alarm.
In South Strabane Township, Washington County a man claiming to be a security
alarm representative came to the door of a woman's home. He told the
homeowner the that her security alarm system was out of date and he needed to
come into the home to review her equipment and discuss the changes that needed
to be made. The women knew her security company would never just send a
representative to her house so she told him to leave and called both the police
and her company. Although, she acted wisely in this situation she was till
shaken up and distressed over the occurrence.
In Palm Springs, Arizona, a similar scenario happened. A man came to the door
stating he was with the homeowners alarm company and told the homeowner
that their current security company had gone out of business and that he was
there to help her reinstate her monitoring. When the homeowner would not
allow him into her house, he asked her if she knew any neighbors with alarm
systems he could help. The homeowner told him that if he was with her alarm
company he should know that information since they all have the same alarm
Door to door sales is one of the oldest trades. It has been very effective in gaining
new clients for companies for years and a tactic used by the alarm industry as
a solid source of getting their companies name out to the public and helping
the public receive valuable security alarm protection and services. It is
unfortunate that criminals will go to lengths to impersonate security
alarm companies. This is both detrimental to the company and the public.
The largest security providers are working to take action against the scammers of
the world and in the meantime here a few tips to keep you safe if you should
ever come in contact with a false impersonator.
1. Never fully open your door if possible and speak through the door or chain lock.
2. Ask for ID.
3. If the person seems like they could be a real representative tell them to hold on
while you contact the company to verify they need to be at your door. A real
representative and company will understand your concerns.
4. Don't be afraid to tell the person to scram.
5. Call the police and report all suspicious activity.
Remember, security alarm will keep you safe, but in today's world we constantly
need to be vigilant of our surroundings even when at home.
Stay safe, be sound.