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Avoid Security Scams: Tips from All-Guard, Your Trusted Home Security Company

When it comes to your home security company, you will find that you are going to be bombarded with options from competitors. From a host of providers on the Internet to the flyers that come in the mail, there are bound to be other companies that are trying to get your business. Generally these pursuits are annoying at best, but beware of door-to-door salesmen and scams that could truly harm you and your family.

Be Wise when Confronted with Salespeople

Don’t hesitate to ask an uninvited party to leave your property—even if they claim to be with All-Guard Alarm Systems. Our professionals do not show up without an appointment, so be on guard and never give into pressure when a representative takes you by surprise. If you choose to continue the conversation, don’t bring the stranger into your home. Ask for paperwork, a business card, and do your own research. Never sign the dotted line on an impulse; you could be the victim of a scam.

Check the Salesperson’s Background on the Spot

If someone shows up at your door uninvited, you can also have the company representative wait outside while you take the business card inside to do on-the-spot research. Advise the salesperson about your intentions and lock the door. If the person is legitimate, there should be no problem while you call the number on the business card to ask pertinent questions. You could even use your mobile device or home computer to do a quick search about the business. If it appears to check out, you can proceed, but do so cautiously. If you’re dealing with a scam artist, don’t be surprised if that salesperson has disappeared when you have completed your research. If you have a home security camera, be sure to meet with the individual while in view of the camera’s lens as a means of personal protection.

Don’t Believe False Claims

Home security company representatives will often bend the truth, claiming that their company has taken over for your current provider and the customer will need to sign a new contract since ownership has changed hands. If this happens, red flags should be popping up for a variety of reasons. If your company has changed ownership, it’s highly unlikely you’d be greeted by surprise with a company rep on your doorstep. You’re much more likely to get something in the mail with the details of a transition. Call your home security company for verification.

Be Skeptical of Amazing Deals

As a rule of thumb, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be wise and get a second opinion before committing to anything. Beware of time-sensitive offers that force you to make impulse decisions.

Inform the Authorities

If you suspect that you’ve been a victim or potential victim of one of these home security scams, contact authorities immediately. Offer the police all the information you have available including a physical description, the dialogue that took place, any materials the person may have given you, and footage from your home security camera if you have one. Afterwards, contact your security company, if you haven’t already done so in the process, to inform them of what’s taken place, so they can warn others if necessary.

1306 Stealth Street
Livermore, CA 94551
(800) 255-4273
*Calls to and from All-Guard may be recorded or monitored without further notice to you, for record-keeping, and quality-assurance purposes.
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