Avoid “Free” Home Security Scams

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With home security systems, the old adage that “you get what you pay for” holds true. This especially applies to the “free” home security systems offered by door-to-door salesmen. These salesmen offer you a home security system with a value that is typically between $800 and $1500. The idea is that, in exchange for giving you this system, they will simply place a sign in your front yard. Of course, this is too good to be true; however, many people are drawn in by it. Here are a few things to note about this offer:

In many cases, the system will come with what they call a “small” monitoring fee. In other words, you will incur a monthly charge of up to $60 for your supposedly free security system. You also will usually have to sign a contract. This means that they can, and will, charge you a cancellation fee if you change your mind after signing up. Plus, there is always the possibility of additional fees being tacked on once you have signed the contract. Once they’ve ensnared you in their trap, this “free” system might actually wind up costing you thousands of dollars.

Unethical Sales Tactics

Some salesmen will use scare tactics to get you to buy their alarms. These include showing you maps of crimes in your area along with statistics to show that having a security system will make your home safer. They may even attempt to manipulate you by coming up with hypothetical scenarios where your children encounter intruders. Some salesmen or telemarketers from the more underhanded security companies have even been known to call and imply that they are with law enforcement and suggest that there were break-ins occurring in the neighborhood.

The security system salesperson may also claim that they chose your house due to its location. They may say that your house is the most desirable in the neighborhood; however, they will use this same spiel on all of your neighbors and make them the same offer.

If you hesitate or say that you want to think about it, they will tell you that the offer is about to expire and that you will want to move quickly to get the free system. This is a clear indication that the offer is basically just a scam and should be avoided, not only with security systems, but in all cases. The idea is simply to rope you into an expensive contract and provide you with a cheap product in return.

Finding a Good Security System

It is true that your home should have a security system, but instead of dealing with door-to-door salesmen, sneaky tactics, and scams, why not consider a tried and true alternative like Safe Touch? SafeTouch is the largest independent communications-security company in the nation and provides innovative products along with fast response. Our employees are rigorously tested and undergo background checks before being hired. Compare what we offer along with our response times to what other security companies offer. You will quickly see why we are your best option for reliable home security. Contact us here or call toll-free at 888-723-8682 today.