Springfield police warn against scam offering home security systems
News-Leader staff
February 5, 2014

Springfield police are warning people about a possible scam involving a fake security company.

According to a release from the department, a resident received a suspicious phone call in which the caller said that due to an increase in home invasions in the Springfield and Greene County areas, the company is offering free home security systems.

The caller said the installation would take five hours of “total access to the residence.”

When the resident asked for a business name and phone number, the caller declined to give that information.

The resident attempted to call the number back but found it was not a working number.

Police say this type of activity has been known to be related to later residential robberies or burglaries.

“We caution all citizens to be skeptical of cold calls or unannounced home visits from people who are claiming to be a service provider,” the release says.

Police say elderly residents are usually the targets of such crimes.

“Never rush into a decision about their service, insist on attaining business information, and do not provide any personal information on details about times and days that you will be away from your home,” the release says.