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'Alarm inspector' making the rounds, say police

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   by: Staff



Over the weekend, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service was advised of a suspicious person.

A local resident reported that a female approached their residence and indicated that she was there to “inspect” the alarm system. 

The resident was alert enough not to let the female into the residence and did not answer her questions.

The resident then contacted their alarm provider, ATS.

ATS has confirmed that they do not have anyone going door to door indicating they are doing alarm inspections.

The female wore a ball cap with the word “Security” on it.

ATS Alarms, as well as many other alarm companies, do not make unscheduled calls. 

Any inspections on an alarm system are prearranged first. 

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to remind citizens to be cautious about persons going door to door.

If you did not call a company about any type of inspection, such as alarm or furnace, do not let the person at your door into your home. 

That person may very well be casing your residence for a future break and enter.

If you engage in a conversation with someone going door to door, ensure you don’t release personal information such as whether there is an alarm in the home or the work hours of people living in the home.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to encourage the public to report persons acting suspicious by calling 705-949-6300


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blackspruce 5/21/2014 6:37:00 AM Report

lousy it is a shame the amount of scammers out there. I felt sorry for a lady claiming to be out of gas and money and needing to get back to Blind River the other day in the Metro parking lot. Unfortunately the people that legitimately need a handout will now not get any.
James O'Brien 5/21/2014 7:29:10 AM Report

The lady claiming to be out of gas money to get back to Blind River was also there at Churchill Plaza three or four weeks ago. She said she'd left her wallet at the gas station there.

GotRotties 5/21/2014 7:56:22 AM Report

The "out of gas" lady was at the Metro Churchill this past weekend as well. She has an accomplice in the truck. She told me that she was from St. Joe Island and had come in to get groceries but had forgotten her wallet, then of course she couldn't drive BACK home to get her wallet because now they are out of gas!!...first of all I didn't buy it because I doubt anyone comes into town after 11 pm to get groceries and gas. And to drive ALL the way from Blind River to get groceries..?? that's even less believable. She spoke so quickly and didn't hesitate to approach person after person for money, it was obvious that this wasn't the first time she had done it..I sat in my car and watched a bit as she approached others, I couldn't help but wonder what they needed the money for...drugs...Saturday night barhopping?...either way the guy hides in the truck parked along the buggy house while he sends his woman out to do all the work..I guess they figure more guys shop at night and a woman might get more money from them. Just use common sense people, food is always available at a lot of help organizations in town, if they were truly strapped for gas money I am sure they have friends in town they could call...maybe that's why they changed their home from St Joe to Blind River...must have gotten asked why their friends didn't bring them money lol. Please, if anyone is approached by this woman tell her that she asked you for money two weeks ago and had the same to hear what her response is!
Strawberry73 5/21/2014 7:56:53 AM Report

James, I ran into her at the Walmart parking lot on New Years day.
right wing 5/21/2014 7:58:08 AM Report

...and she was there last year.
I got scammed by her, she had kids in the car and it was Bruce Mines she had to get back to.
GotRotties 5/21/2014 7:58:13 AM Report

...because I KNOW people are giving her money, because she wouldn't keep coming back to the same place to scam if it wasn't working out for her.
B Boy 5/21/2014 8:14:03 AM Report

Be cautious of charity canvassers too.

A few times a few a man & woman come to my door with a wrinkled & dirty Terry Fox pledge sheet. February, May, June. No times even close to when the pledges open for the Sept run.

I reported it to the police & the Terry Fox org. The TF org says that they don't track their canvassers and anyone can download the pledge sheet.

GotRotties 5/21/2014 8:34:42 AM Report

another one in the area is a power "representative" talks away from you and cannot face you while he is at the door, looks away often...he says he would like to make sure that my billing and the meter are aligned ...long haired young guy, probably will get a few seniors to let him in...I said no then he asked me who my power company was I said none of your business lol
crashed13 5/21/2014 8:46:23 AM Report

Watch out for the legit ones also. My neighbour let the fire truck guys in for a routine check your fire detectors batteries.
Once they were in they ordered him to change a door and window and change his drywall ceiling to a thicker 3/4" fire rock grade.

Needless to say we did not answer the door when our turn came up.
right wing 5/21/2014 8:59:02 AM Report

Bullcrap...unless it was a public building, commercial or rental property.
crashed13 5/21/2014 9:09:08 AM Report

It had a apartment above, so does mine.
The only inspector I had to please was the one my insurance company sent over.

The City inspectors do not cut the cheque after something happens, so no I do not let them in in case they are bored and ask for a drywall change.
right wing 5/21/2014 10:13:03 AM Report

I thought as much.
Rental units have a fire code and they are there for the protection of life.
The thicker drywall provides an increase in time before fire can spread to another unit, time that could save your life.
right wing 5/21/2014 10:15:45 AM Report

...and do you own the building?
If not then it is not you that is "cutting the cheque".
If you do and you are not up to fire code it may be you that is cutting a very, very large cheque if you get sued, plus fines.
Prrrrrrr 5/21/2014 11:52:26 AM Report

They also work a scam with a gas can and ask for money to get gas...Cambrian Mall, outside the bank. It's very
Prrrrrrr 5/21/2014 12:15:10 PM Report

Slim Shady 5/21/2014 12:27:53 PM Report

@right wing

You are spot on. When you have rental units, you must conform to the building code, fire code and municipal by-laws. Larger "escape" windows are required in basements for instance. You also need fire separation between adjacent units and upper and lower floors.

People don't understand how not only can a tenant get killed in a fire, so can you. If you have illegal apartments and they burn down, your insurance may fail to cover your claim.
dericklenius 5/21/2014 1:45:00 PM Report

Zap 5/21/2014 2:40:14 PM Report

Better bring a written warrant from a judge to enter my home .
HorsePonyLover 5/21/2014 3:06:59 PM Report

Hmmm my place was just sold in august so was fully inspected. My place has 3 units the walls are paper thin. No fire protection here and no one said anything. I cant wait to let them in here.
crashed13 5/22/2014 6:29:49 AM Report

Turned out when the city fire inspector returned to check on the work it was a different guy.
This guy let the drywall replacement slide after the door and windows were replaced.
Even the city does not have its ducks in order and they seem to change their code every winter after a long dull winter.
Because you passed last year it may not the next, so why let them in to take the chance.

Like I said the Insurance company was fine with it so case closed.
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