RCMP issue warning over 'home security' scam taking place in Richmond

Jan 21 2019, 6:29 pm

The RCMP have issued a warning to residents in the Richmond area after several reports of a home security scam.

The incidents were brought to light after several posts on a social media forum were brought to the attention of the authorities.

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Most of the occurrences have taken place in the Hamilton area.

Residents receive knocks at their door from the fraudsters, allegedly posing as employees at ADT. The individuals proceed to ask the homeowners questions about their security systems and in some cases, attempt to enter inside the home.

The individuals verbally identify as ADT employees, but according to RCMP, fail to present any form of identification or credentials.

“People need to be wary,” says Corporal Adriana Peralta of the Richmond RCMP. “If someone supposedly representing a company shows up unexpectedly at your house, soliciting personal information, do not tell them anything and definitely do not allow them inside.”

RCMP have since met with representatives from ADT, who have confirmed that these individuals in no way associated with the company.

ADT also explained that their company has the following protocol in place:

  • Every employee has an ADT-issued security card and provincial license and will have it visibly displayed.
  • Door-to-door salesmen never ask to go inside the home. Their job is to gauge interest and they will schedule appointments at a later date.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at
604-278-1212 or by email at [email protected].

Those that wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).