Police Warn Residents Criminals Are Targeting Homes With Alarm Company Signs

In Levelland, Texas, police say crooks knocked on doors posing as alarm technicians to gain entrance into homes.

Police Warn Residents Criminals Are Targeting Homes With Alarm Company Signs

LEVELLAND, Texas — In a different twist on door-to-door alarm sales scams, police officials here have put out a warning to residents who post home security system signs in their front yards.

According to police, criminals have targeted the homes with the signs, approaching the house saying they are with the alarm company and they need to repair the alarm system or inspect the alarm panel, reports NBC affiliate KCBD-TV.

The criminals’ intention is to gain entrance to a residence and either identify what might be of value inside to return at a later time or attempt to harm homeowners or other people in the house and steal anything of value.

A post on the Levelland Police Department’s Facebook page states that door-to-door salespeople are required to have a peddler’s permit and a photo ID badge.

Police said to be vigilant to remain aware of what is going on in the city’s neighborhoods, and be a good neighbor and keep an eye on their house if they leave for an extended period.

“Be cautious and be aware!” police said. “Make sure to report any suspicious activity and be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood.”

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In 2016, more than a half million consumers across North America used BBB resources to research information about home security companies. But thousands also complained about dishonest and misleading sales pitches.

“Consumers should feel safe wherever they are,” says Mary E. Power, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “When a con takes advantage of people, literally at their front door, it poses a significant challenge. We appreciate the industry taking a lead on helping BBB address these deceptive sales tactics.”

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