UPDATED: Door knockers represent legitimate business

UPDATE:  This afternoon the Prince George RCMP were contacted by representatives of Capital Security who advised it was their representatives who were reported to police. The Prince George RCMP have determined this company to be a legitimate home security business licensed to operate in Prince George.  Business representatives are issued identification and will be able to show residents.  Investigators have no remaining concerns about this company.

 

The Prince George RCMP are warning the public about five recent incidents involving persons knocking on residential doors.

On Monday August 13, at approximately 7 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of a suspicious incident that occurred on North Ogilvie Street.

Police officers attended and learned that a man wearing a ‘GE’ uniform shirt knocked on the door of a residence and advised that he was with the alarm service that the homeowner subscribed to.  He did not provide identification and stated that he was checking on systems in the area.  He requested access to the residence, but was denied by the home owner.  Checks with the security company confirmed that the man did not work for them.

The suspect was described as:

  • Male
  • Approximately 20 years old
  • 178 cm (5’10”)
  • Heavy build
  • Wearing a white GE uniform shirt

A similar complaint was reported on Wednesday August 15 at approximately 7:20 p.m.  Police received a report of a suspicious person on Chartwell Crescent in the Westgate area.  A man attended a residence and asked the homeowner a number of questions about the security system.  The man then advised that the security system required maintenance and he attempted to gain access to the home.  The homeowner refused.

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian male
  • 185 cm (6’1″)
  • Average build
  • Light coloured hair
  • Wearing a blue GE work shirt

The suspect was driving a white Ford F-150 with Alberta licence plates.

Another incident on Chartwell Crescent was reported to police on Thursday August 16 at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Once again a man attended a residence and was asking questions about the homeowner’s security system.  The homeowner did not allow the man access and he departed in a small four-door vehicle, as seen in the image.  The vehicle is possibly a black four-door Chevrolet Cruze.  The man was wearing a dark coloured short sleeve ‘GE’ shirt and dark coloured shorts.

During the afternoon of Saturday August 18, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a suspicious incident on Runnalls Avenue.  A man attended the residence in a ‘GE’ shirt and requested access to the residence in order to replace the security system.  The homeowner asked the man to leave and he did.

The man was described as:

  • Approximately 28 years old
  • Approximately 183 cm (6’0″)
  • Wearing a blue t-shirt and sport shorts

On Saturday August 18 at approximately 11 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received another similar complaint from a resident on Trent Drive in the Lower College Heights area of Prince George.    Police were advised that a man attended the residence and was representing ‘GE’ and an alarm company. 

All five of these incidents are similar in nature and are still under investigation.  Police have not ruled out the possibility that this person or these persons may be legitimately working for a business and are operating door to door.  Regardless, the Prince George RCMP would like to caution the public about letting unknown persons into your residence.  If these persons are not working for a legitimate company but are pretending to be, their motives are not yet known and therefore extra caution should be taken.  Similar incidents have been reported in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Prince George RCMP would like to remind the public to report suspicious activity by calling the non-emergency line at 250-561-3300, 24 hours a day.  In the event of an emergency or to report a crime in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you have any information about these incidences, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.