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Beware alarm salespeople without ID: EPS

Alarm bells should ring if a pushy salesman comes to your door without ID, according to police.

Alarm bells should ring if a pushy salesman comes to your door without ID, according to police.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is warning Edmontonians about aggressive alarm company representatives going door-to-door trying to aggressively sell residents security systems.

EPS Const. Kevin Garstad said police have received numerous complaints about scare tactics, high-pressure sales and company representatives not being able to produce sufficient identification.

“Most of the complaints we’re getting are about suspicious behaviour and not wearing proper identification so they’re making people very nervous when they come to the door,” Garstad said.

“We just want people to be vigilant about making sure that the company representative that comes to their door has proper ID. If they’re not wearing that, they should immediately be suspicious about the situation and ask the person to leave.”

Garstad said it’s illegal for anyone to be selling security systems without proper identification.

“This is happening all over the city,” said Const. Rick Franchuk. “I’ve even had my own family members call me asking me about it and I just tell them if you’re not interested, just close the door and walk away.”

Garstad said it’s not unusual for complaints to increase this time of year.

“For a lot of these companies it’s their summer blitz that’s starting and we’re going to see more of this in the future,” he said.

 
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