FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2015
For More Information, contact:
Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Alabama Attorney General
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
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AG STRANGE JOINS WITH ELECTRONIC SECURITY BOARD IN
WARNING CONSUMERS TO BE WARY OF UNSCRUPULOUS PRACTICES
(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Luther Strange joined with the Alabama Electronic
Security Board of Licensure (AESBL) today in warning consumers to be cautious of
unscrupulous solicitations and pressure tactics that may be used in an attempt to frighten
people into buying or upgrading security products and services that may not be needed.
“The Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure licenses companies in many of
Alabama’s largest counties,” said Attorney General Strange. “Consumers who are considering
the purchase or installation of a security system or locks should check with the Alabama
Electronic Security Board of Licensure to see if the company has a license and if any problems
have been reported. Do not let anyone frighten you into making a decision before you are
ready, or into buying something you may not want or need.”
The AESBL reports improper scare tactics such as: claiming that recent burglaries have
occurred in the neighborhood, stating they have come to upgrade one’s security system because
it is not working properly, and saying that thieves are cutting phone wires to get people to buy
cellular security systems. Other unscrupulous practices include pretending to be working in
conjunction with a municipality to protect citizens, and high-pressure pitches that are said to be
good for that day only.
Locksmith and alarm companies in the State of Alabama are required to be licensed by the
AESBL, with a few certain exceptions. Consumers should ask to see an identification badge that
is from the AESBL Board and not just from the business itself, and confirm that the
identification badge is for the current year. Consumers are also urged to report salespeople who
cannot show the identification card proving that they are properly licensed by the Board.
Under state laws and regulations, it is a class A misdemeanor to act as an alarm system servicer
or installer or as a locksmith servicer or installer – or even to advertise as an alarm system
servicer, installer or locksmith – without the required license.
Among the protections provided by licensure are that the employee has been subjected to
a national background and fingerprint check, and that the company is subject to the jurisdiction
of the AESBL which can discipline the company and mediate complaints.
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The Attorney General and the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure offer the
following guidelines for consumers to protect themselves:
- Ask for the AESBL ID license badge, which will have a photo and the state seal; if they
cannot produce such a badge, report them.
- If you are contracted already with a security company, do not be pressured into entering
an agreement with a new company without first contacting the company to which you
are already under contract. All consumers are advised to call the telephone number of
their current security company before agreeing to any change or upgrade to their current
system by a door-to-door salesperson.
- Be particularly wary of those who try to scare you with stories of recent burglaries in
your neighborhood, claims that phone lines are being cut by thieves and that you should
switch to a cellular system, or falsely state that they are working in conjunction with the
- Do not allow high-pressure sales pitches to force you into a decision on the spot. Watch
out for false claims of a one-time free offer. Take your time to think it over, read the
contract before you sign it, and check with the AESBL.
Consumers may contact the Board by calling 1-866-302-3725 or 334-264-9388, and
information is available at the webpage http://aesbl.alabama.gov/. Consumers may also check
with the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection by calling 1-800-392-5658.