Officer David Baldwin with Marietta Police said the resident, who lives on Westland Drive across from Laurel Park, contacted police around 6 p.m. last Thursday after a man attempted to come inside her home, claiming to need to check her phone line for an alarm system.
“She said he was overly nice, to the point where he was fake, but towards the end when he realized that she wasn’t going to invite him into her home, he became persistent and went from being nice and very outgoing and trying different ways to get into her house,” Baldwin said.
She described the suspect as being a white male with short, sandy brown hair, between 43 and 49 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall and stocky. He was wearing a black shirt with a lanyard around his neck that said “security” in handwriting.
“He never claimed to be with a company … she never saw him in a car,” Baldwin said. “She sent him off and called 911.”
To date, this resident is the only one who has reported such an incident to police, but Baldwin reminded homeowners that alarm firms do not send out “cold-callers” for random check-ups on homes.
“Be cautious to look at the appearance. The company logo would be on the clothing, and they would have a vehicle,” he said.
Additionally, Baldwin said a Marietta city ordinance requires that all alarm companies be licensed and that every employee must be fingerprinted and have undergone a thorough background check.