Home security is an important part of your peace of mind. That’s why scammers will often prey on people with fear tactics.
Home security telemarketing calls were the second most common telephone scam in 2014 — second only to credit card scams. According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers will call someone and offer a free home security system. The caller will also mention several burglaries in the area, hoping to push the resident into action.
Don’t fall into the home security scam trap. Follow these five tips to find a legitimate home security company to protect your most important asset:
- First, if you ever receive such a call, don’t agree to anything right away. This gives you time to make an informed decision.
- Keep your guard up. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No business can afford to offer you free home security. To get the free alarm, you may have to sign a long-term and expensive contract for system monitoring.
- Research a company before making a large purchase. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has any complaints against it. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and it’s OK to ask the company for references.
- Choose local. Triangle, North Carolina residents have many local options when it comes to home security. Choosing a local company makes it easier for you to check them out. Local business owners know they have a reputation to uphold within the community.
- Read any fine print before agreeing to anything. Most home security companies have contracts. Be sure you know what you are signing.
Other Security Scams
Some home security companies will send salespeople door to door. If you already have home security, they may tell you they are there to upgrade your current system or that your security company has gone out of business. Secur-Tek and other legitimate North Carolina security companies will not send another company to your door. Your home security company will inform you by mail if something has changed with your current system.
- It’s best not to invite salespeople inside your home; it is much harder to get them to leave once inside.
- Never let such a person into your home without checking his or her identification.
- If you feel uncomfortable and the person will not leave, call the police.
Questions about home security? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!