State Fire Marshal Press Release: State Fire Marshal Sends Alert Regarding Alarm System Promotion

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> State Fire Marshal Sends Alert Regarding Alarm System Promotion
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> Jackson, MS – Today, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is sending out a reminder to Mississippi residents that anyone who sells,
> installs or monitors home security alarm systems in the state must be licensed by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
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> “We are getting numerous reports of robo-calls, a number of them from a Texas area code, informing citizens they have been selected to receive a free alarm system
> and the company will send someone out to install it. We are again reminding citizens to either ask for the company’s State Fire Marshal issued license number, or,
> remember that if you agree to the promotion, the company or individual who comes out to install the system must have a license and photo ID issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Ask them to show you these credentials,” Chaney said.
> The sale, installation and monitoring of all residential alarm systems in Mississippi are regulated by the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, per the Mississippi
> Electronic Protection Licensing Act passed by the state legislature in 2006.
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> An important part of the licensing process includes criminal background checks on those who sell and install these systems as well as requiring these individuals
> to have the proper training to ensure competency.
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> Be especially cautious of the following:
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> · Offers that promise a “free” system or claims that your current system is old, out of date or in need of an upgrade or replacement.
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> · Claims that your home has been chosen as a “model” home and is eligible for a free system and/or reduced monitoring fee.
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> · Guarantees that you will receive a reduction in your homeowner’s insurance when a system is purchased.
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> · Salespersons that come to your home claiming to be with your current company. Call your company and verify.
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> · Claims that your company has gone out of business or that your account has been purchased from your company. Call your company and verify.
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> · Claims of increased crime in your neighborhood. Call your local police and verify.
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> Chaney added that if an individual is unable to produce such an ID, that person may not be licensed or authorized to operate in the state and should be reported
> to the State Fire Marshal at 1-888-648-0877 or 601-359-1061. If the individual acts in a suspicious manner, you should contact local law enforcement authorities.
> If the individual is in a vehicle, write down and report the license tag number.
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