Lufkin Crime Stoppers warns of alarm sales scam

Lufkin Crime Stoppers warns of alarm sales scam
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POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 1:29pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 1:30pm

Area law enforcement agencies occasionally receive reports of suspicious persons and possible scams involving door-to-door residential alarm sales. When officers respond to such reports they often find their  hands tied and leave the complainant frustrated. If the “suspicious” person works for a registered alarm  service provider that is engaged in interstate commerce, ordinances concerning door-to-door solicitation  do not apply and the person is legally able to conduct sales.  

Area law enforcement agencies occasionally receive reports of suspicious persons and possible scams involving door-to-door residential alarm sales. When officers respond to such reports they often find their hands tied and leave the complainant frustrated. If the “suspicious” person works for a registered alarm service provider that is engaged in interstate commerce, ordinances concerning door-to-door solicitation do not apply and the person is legally able to conduct sales.  

While the Interstate Commerce Act supersedes local solicitation ordinances, the alarm vendors do not have a statutory guarantee of access to private property. Private citizens are free to allow or prohibit, as they wish, alarm vendors access to their property. If, for any reason, a citizen expresses a desire for an alarm vendor to remain off, or leave, their private property, the vendor must immediately comply with the citizens’ wishes.  

Texas Penal Code section 30.05, Criminal Trespass, states, in part, that a person commits an offense if they enter or remain on or in property of another without effective consent and they had notice that the entry was forbidden or failed to depart after receiving oral or written notice to do so. A violation of this law will subject the violator to the possibility of arrest and prosecution.  

Area law enforcement officers are aware of the alarm vendors moving through East Texas but cannot intervene unless notified of a specific problem. Call your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number if you have any problem with a solicitor, and dial 9-1-1 if you feel you are in danger.  

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