Avoid Free Security System Scams
You want to do what’s right for your family by installing a home security system. It is the best way to ensure the safety and security of your loved ones and your valuable belongs. You also want to spend as little as possible, which is only natural. Everyone wants to save money these days. This is why it is easy to fall victim to companies who claim to be offering you a free security system. Don’t fall for it.
Unscrupulous Door To Door Salesmen
A salesman coming to your door may say he can give you a free security system. In almost all cases, this is a way to rope you into agreeing to an expensive service contract you don’t need. Many will use high pressure tactics, like forcing themselves into your home and not leaving. Remember, you are in control and should not allow unsolicited security sales people into your home. Say no while they are still outside the door.
If you already have a security system, or have a sign for another company in your yard, salespeople use a different approach. They may say your system is out of date and they are there to upgrade it. They may even say that current your company has gone out of business and you have to choose a new one.
Telemarketing Via Scare Tactics
Some state agencies have reported a telemarketing ploy in which the caller claims to be from the police or FBI. They say that there has been a spike in break-ins in your neighbourhood, and that they will give you a free alarm system if you put up a sign in your yard for the company. This is not the case, and the caller is usually from a company trying to generate leads. Investigators advice not responding to these calls. If you are on the Do Not Call list, these calls are against the law and you can file a complaint through the proper state offices. The most important thing is not giving out any personal information to those who are claiming you can get a free security system.
Check With The Authorities
If you are considering installing a home security system, make sure you are dealing with a reputable company. State Attorney Generals recommend you ask security companies to provide the company’s name, address, phone number, contractor’s license number and the name that the license is filed under. If they are in any way reluctant to provide that information, they are probably not legitimate. You can check out potential companies through your state Attorney Generals office, consumer protection agencies in your area, and the Better Business Bureau.
While it’s nice to think that you could get a free security system, these offers are usually meant to tie you into an expensive contract. Shady companies come door to door, or make telemarketing calls, with offers that are too good to be true. Research whatever company you decide to trust with your families’ safety carefully. To find the most reputable companies, check with state agencies to make sure they are who they say they are. It is worth the effort to make sure your loved ones safety is in good hands.