Crime

January 15, 2013

Alarm sales tactics cause concern in Ripon

Ripon police have heard from several residents concerned about misinformation given during door-to-door sales of alarms.

Ripon police have heard from several residents concerned about misinformation given during door-to-door sales of alarms.

A representative of an area alarm company reportedly went home to home last week, advising people that if their alarm systems were more than 2 years old, they were out of compliance with the city municipal code, police said in a news release Monday.

Another resident reportedly was told there had been a home invasion in his or her neighborhood.

The Police Department said Monday that the city does not have a municipal code regulating the age of residential alarm systems and that there have not been any reports of home invasions in Ripon this year.

If Ripon residents encounter door-to-door salespeople who cause them concern, they are urged to call police at (209) 599-2102.

Ripon crime statistics can be viewed on the department's website, www.riponpd.org.

The department also offers quarterly community meetings to share information. The next is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Police Department.

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