Unlicensed alarm sales spread across Texas

Authorities urge residents to protect themselves against unregistered salespeople


Ms. Homan said that when she asked to see the man's pocket card, he seemed to have no idea what she was talking about and became irate. A spokesman for the alarm company later said it has the required Texas license but couldn't address a specific salesperson.

"This is the kind of thing that gives everyone a bad name," said Ms. Homan, who owns a registered alarm company. "These people are dropped on communities to try and get as many systems installed without homeowners knowing what's going on."

FIND OUT whether alarm companies and installers are licensed.

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IN THE KNOW Sounding the alarm

People solicited by an unlicensed alarm salesperson should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety or their local police department immediately. Homeowners who have purchased an alarm system from an unlicensed alarm salesperson should file a report with the Texas attorney general's office at 1-800-621-0508.