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Police Warn Against Unlicensed Security Systems Salesmen.

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Police say some home and business owners are regretting buying security systems from unlicensed salesmen over the summer.

Kennewick police say they've received calls from people complaining of a poor alarm system and have come to find out after the purchase  the salesman is long gone and never had a license from the police to sell it.  The license requires a background check and police officers say although  rare, they've caught criminals, even sex offenders attempting to sell security systems in the area.

Police say the most frequent problem they're finding are companies hiring young college students from out of state and not bothering to get them a license to sell. 

"They come into the area and they don't get those permits because they know they're only going to be here for a short period of time and they don't want to wait for the background check or sometimes they'll plead ignorance," said Mike Blatman with the Kennewick Police Department.

Police don't want to discourage anyone from buying from door to door salesmen, but recommend asking to see their license before buying anything.