In 2007, there were more than 2.1 million burglaries. Of those, some happened while homeowners were in their homes and had, unknowingly, opened their doors to burglars.
A home alarm system can be a highly valuable line of defense, but how do you know who to trust when shopping around? Sadly, even the industry intended to keep you safe has been known to house scams.
Below is a list of tips to help you avoid getting ripped off on home alarm system quotes and protect you and your family in the one place that you should always feel and be safe: your home.
Getting Reliable Home Alarm System Quotes
This time last year, a local news station in Arkansas reported a consumer alert story about salesmen going door to door, offering home alarm system quotes for a “discounted rate.”
The reality, however, was that the systems came from unknown companies, were questionable at best in quality, and were accompanied by incredibly high fees for long-term monitoring services.
Sadly, stories like this aren’t exclusive to just Arkansas. The following tips will help you filter out scams when shopping for a home alarm system:
- Take caution with salespeople who try to solicit home security devices door to door. Most reputable companies don’t do this.
- If a salesperson does come to your door offering reduced rates on home security systems, talk to them about what kind of protection the system – and contract – offers, as well as all of the costs associated with the service.
- Know your rights. Federal law allows you to cancel a contract – entered through a door-to-door sale – within three days of when you entered it.
- When shopping online, be sure your source is an authorized dealer of trusted brand names like ADT or Brink’s Home Security.
- Take your time. Do your homework and don’t rush into anything without knowing all the facts.
- And, as always, the most important security tip: if it doesn’t feel right to you, it probably isn’t. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to the security of your home and your family.