There are plenty of scammers out there who pretend to be door-to-door security salespeople. Some of these people are annoying and others may actually be dangerous. Today, we want to talk about how door-to-door security scams work and how to stay away from them. We want to protect you from being taken in by scammers who may tell you that they want to help you boost home security, when they really have another agenda, which is taking something from you or casing your property.
Basically, you shouldn’t buy home security from a door-to-door salesman, ever. Now, let’s talk about why in greater depth…
Don’t Open the Gate for Strangers
If you want to keep your home secure, make a point of avoiding opening the gate which secures your property to any strangers, even if they claim to be selling home security systems. Allowing a service providers in may be a big mistake. They may not be who they say they are. You should be cautious in terms of whom you allow through your gate (if you have one).
In general, anyone who tells you that he or she is selling something and wants to get onto your property, without having made an appointment with you first, is someone that you should be wary of. It’s not just a matter of security, although this is important. It’s also the fact that many of these types of salespeople tend to offer deals which are too good to be true.
Here are some pointers on how to stay away from the types of security sales ripoffs which feature door-to-door salespeople…
Don’t Let “Hard-sell” Get to You
Most of us are sensitive and we may make mistakes because we don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings. For example, if you get some high-pressure “hard sell” from a door-to-door salesperson who is hawking security systems, you shouldn’t let yourself be emotionally affected by it. A rep from a good security company is not going to utilize high-pressure sales tactics in order to make you buy. Employees from reputable home security system provider companies know that prospective clients need to gather information before they decide about purchasing security systems.
One common ploy of door-to-door security sales scams is salespeople who imply that they are representing your current home security provider company. These salespeople may tell you that they have arrived at your home in order to update your existing system. The truth is that companies of good business standing typically never send out staff to the homes of their clients without letting the clients know ahead of time.
Another common (and shady) approach is to tell you that your current security provider company isn’t in business anymore or has changed in some other way. The “salesperson” may also say that the company that he or she is representing in now in charge of your account. If you get this spiel, avoid signing any papers before talking to someone at your existing security provider company. If a big change did happen, you would have been made aware of it through a letter or a phone call.
Request ID from a Salesperson
Another way to protect yourself is to request ID. Don’t let a stranger into your home without it. In America, most state laws dictate that every firm and security salesman/woman must have a valid license which is issued by the state. It’s impossible to get the license without going through a background check and giving fingerprints. If someone can’t produce ID, which you have every right to ask for, it’s definitely a red flag.
For example, in the Lone Star State (Texas), security sales staff should have photo identification displayed on their person, as well as a “pocket card” license.
Any reputable salesperson will be happy to show you this type of credential. A “salesperson” who hesitates is probably hiding something and this type of person shouldn’t be permitted to enter your home.
As well, you should know that most cities won’t let people solicit from door to door without permits which are city-issued. The permits grant people the right to sell things in a door-to-door manner for a specific time frame. If you want to know how this permit system works for your city, visit official city web pages. You should be able to find all of the official requirements for these permits online.
Read Contracts With Care
If you do find yourself interested in a sales pitch from a door-to-door salesperson who is selling home security systems, be very careful before you sign on the dotted line. Look over a contract with great care. Be certain that it features all of the options which were agreed to verbally.
In addition, request references from the firm’s existing list of clientele. Another smart strategy is to see how the company that the salesperson represents is rated online, at the Angie’s List website. Use Angie’s List to pre-screen security companies. You’ll be able to make a smarter decision about which company to buy from when you have rating information from Angie’s List at your fingertips.
Now that you know how to stay away from door-to-door security sales ripoffs, you’ll be able to protect yourself from problems.
If you are in the market for a Home Security System that is guaranteed to keep you and your loved ones safer from hurt harm and danger, call SecureCheck today. We have over 75 years of Law enforcement experience keeping people just like your safe.