Alarm installer with criminal past accused of stealing customers' credit cards and ID
An Alberta man who wanted to make his home safer by installing an alarm system was appalled to discover the security company sent a man with a lengthy criminal record.
The alarm installer would later be investigated for allegedly stealing his credit card information and ID while in his home. "It's unbelievable that somebody that's supposed to be there to make life more secure took advantage of their position and stole my identity," said Gary Brenner.
Go Public's investigation found that only four provinces (B.C., Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador) require criminal record checks on employees or contractors in the home security industry.
Richard McMullen, president of the Canadian Security Association, says there is a misconception that everyone in home security installation would have regular criminal checks. That requirement varies from location to location.