Criminals Caught On Camera
Over the years, we have watched as Tucson has become prey to con artists posing as alarm companies. These are scams that have affected the entire country, yet they have become increasingly more common here in Tucson. The details may change but the motivation is the same: to cheat you out of your money or property.
Please be watchful for these types of circumstances:
Deceptive Sales People Pretending to be Guard Pro
Fraudulent sales people are targeting home owners in the East Valley more frequently than ever before. They often wear uniforms with names from well known alarm suppliers such as Ademco, Honeywell, or GE. They may tell you that Guard Pro has gone out of business, changed its name, or been recently purchased. Due to these "changes" they will ask you to update your contract. They could even offer you a free security system or upgrade. Then, they will disconnect your alarm system from our services and connect it to a disreputable out-of-state company. Or there will be no connection at all. That contract they asked you to sign will become a very costly obligation that may not provide monitoring. That new security system is usually inferior and unreliable, leaving your home completely vulnerable. This is an unfortunate deception, because occasionally alarm companies do make changes and systems do need to be updated. It can be difficult to determine who the good guys are. Our Guard Pro employees will always drive vehicles that are clearly marked with our logo. Our salesmen also have security ID tags they wear to help you identify them. If someone approaches you at your home to talk with you about your alarm system, and you have any doubt, you should call us immediately to verify that it is us.
Alarm Company or Burglar?
Another disturbing but similar trend that has caught our attention is that thieves have been targeting homes with alarm systems, pretending they are from your alarm company. They do this to gain your trust and also access to your home. Once inside, they case your home to determine its valuables, floor plan, and access points. Since they have represented themselves as your alarm company, it may not seem strange when they ask you personal questions about your security system or how many people live with you. They may even ask you to fill out paperwork with the intention of gathering your personal information to target you for identity theft.
Phone Call Fraud
Con artists are calling people, offering alarm systems for free. In this case, they may pretend to be Guard Pro or another competing alarm company. They will offer an unbelievable deal that is difficult to say no to. Once they get you to agree to the sale, they will need all of your personal information so they can run a "credit check" and be sure you qualify. These people are not experts in security . . . they are experts in identity theft.
How to Protect Yourself:
1) Never allow a door-to-door security salesperson into your home unless you have verified him as a Guard Pro employee. The easiest way to do this is to call us at 520-744-3867.
2) If you receive a phone call from someone who states they are from Guard Pro, and you question its credibility, simply call us. The safest discussion with your security company is the one you initiated yourself.
It is difficult to imagine people who would use the very industry that protects people as a means to harm them. Staying vigilant and alert will keep you, your home, and your family protected from these types of scams. Please feel free to call us whenever you have any questions or concerns. We always appreciate hearing from you.
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It's not a good time to be a burglar. It's simply getting harder and harder to get by with anything. Now that surveillance cameras are more affordable, they are common additions to security systems, making it easier than ever to identify and capture criminals. But there's another big reason burglars should make a career change. Victims across the country are fighting back by posting the videos of their break-ins online, exposing criminals and their illegal activities.
A good example is this first video posted on YouTube by jamiedog. He edited and posted his surveillance footage, stating, "All persons involved were captured, charged, and sentenced." His video starts off a little slow at first, but you can see the thieves as they case his home, first knocking on the door politely, then using a crowbar to gain entry.
It's not just home owners posting their break-in footage. Police departments across the country are also using online media, asking for help to identify burglary suspects. Here is an example posted on YouTube by the Virginia Beach Police Department. In it, they ask the community to help them identify an intruder that broke into a business.
If criminals aren't getting enough attention online, news agencies broadcast video footage on television as well, making it even more difficult for criminals to remain anonymous. WSB-TV news in Georgia played this home owner's video over the airwaves, hoping to get more information about the suspect in custody. Then they posted their newscast on YouTube for further attention.
No, it is definitely not a good time to be a burglar. In this modern age, criminals face more than a criminal conviction. After all, a jail sentence has an end date, but online video is forever.
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