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Safety Isn’t a Certainty Just Because You’re at Home

Posted By ESA Communications, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It’s a scary thought, but entirely possible: A burglar could be in your house and you don’t hear him. Just ask Tom and Peggy McElvoy of Mansfield, Texas.

According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the two were watching TV while – unbeknownst to them – a burglar went into their bedroom and took an assortment of rings, watches and necklaces. Both Tom and Peggy are hard of hearing so they had headphones on, which probably made the burglar(s) more brazen.

Though it’s a unique situation, it’s also one ESA companies should emphasize when working with elderly couples. Our companies should be explaining safety and security precautions: "Regardless of your neighborhood, don’t create easy opportunities for criminals. Lock your doors. Use your alarm system.”

It’s a basic point worth repeating: If you have an alarm system, use it. In Tom and Peggy’s case, the couple had an alarm system but it wasn’t armed.

Next time you’re on a sales call, share this story with your potential clients. It’s a warning measure, and a good way to teach customers why and how to operate their system.

If they don’t buy an alarm system, recommend other ways to protect their home. And if they do have a system, strongly urge them to keep it activated at all times.

Tags:  burglary  home security  Sales  security 

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