Its spring which means door-to-door salespeople will soon be out in full force. Although many door-to-door salespeople are honest and ethical, some are not.
It’s always a good idea to protect yourself when answering the door. See our tips for answering your door with security in mind.
It’s also a great idea to protect against door-to-door alarm system selling scams. There are many that happen across the country each year. Here are 4 cues to tell you when something just isn’t right:
1. THE IMPOSSIBLE PROMISE
There’s no such thing as a “no money down” home security system with little or no long-term obligations. The burglar alarm company and the sales rep needs to make money somehow and they often do it with iron-clad long term contracts that last for a very long time.
2. LIMITED TIME OFFERS
If a door-to-door salesperson tells you an offer is good only for today or a limited time, raise a red flag. This is often done because the salesperson doesn’t want you to ask the opinion of others or to think things over. If the offer is valid today, it should be valid tomorrow.
3. COMPLEX AND CONFUSING TERMS
If the offer of a new home security system comes with page after page of fancy language legal disclosures that require a dictionary and translator to understand, proceed with caution. Fair deals are easy to understand. We advise you to never sign anything you couldn’t explain to a 10 year old.
4. UNSOLICITED CALLS
Be very, very careful about buying home security products from someone that shows up unannounced at your door. It’s better to call a home security company and schedule an appointment with a professional home security system design specialist.