Knocking down door-to-door alarm sales

Knocking down door-to-door alarm sales

Door-to-door alarm sales companies use both high pressure and scare tactics to get consumers to purchase alarm systems on the spot. Many of the victims of these companies have already contracted with an initial alarm company and thus end up paying double.

Things to consider:

Some door to door companies may pose as your existing alarm company. Your existing alarm company will not send someone out to your house to work on your alarm system unannounced, unsolicited or unscheduled. Ask to see their specific company credentials as well as the alarm license from the state or province you reside in.

An alarm system is something that will be used to protect you and your family and summon public safety response. It is a purchase that should be taken seriously and thoroughly researched. Do not make any hasty judgments when purchasing an alarm system and don't be pressured into signing anything on the spot. If the alarm company won't take no for an answer or leave without your signature, call the police.

If you have an existing alarm remember that you are most likely already in a contract that you are responsible for and entering into another contract will not release you from the first one. You may end up responsible for two contracts.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. You need time to read the small print before you enter into any contract. It is likely that the costs of a 'free' system will be factored into your monthly monitoring charges. Take time to read and review what kind of contract you are entering into and compare it to other companies out there. If you do sign on the dotted line, ask about the 'cooling off period' - this is the amount of time you have to cancel the contract after you have signed it.

Remember don't fall victim to high pressure scare tactic sales. Make sure you do your homework and know what you are getting into.



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