Watch Out for Door-to-Door Alarm Sales Scam
Here's a shocking fact for you: 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the United States according to security statistics provided by safeguardtheworld.com. That's a break in every 13 seconds! With so much crime, it's no wonder nearly 17 percent of homes have alarm systems installed. However, even though alarm systems bring most owners some peace of mind, homeowners should still keep their guard up. There's a new con on the block and it's important for homeowners and renters everywhere to watch out for the door-to-door alarm sales scam.
The door-to-door alarm sales scam happens when dishonest alarm companies show up unannounced, tell you they're with your current alarm provider, and then install their equipment instead. The result? Consumers are contractually stuck paying two monthly bills! This has become such a dominant concern that advisory from the Arizona Alarm Association was recently issued stating that in Arizona all alarm companies and their agents must be certified.
Phoenix property management companies note that renters can also fall victim to this rip-off scheme. So before you let anyone with a uniform into your home keep in mind that genuine alarm companies will be wearing company shirts travel in marked company vehicles, business cards, and have state-issued IDs. If you feel unsure about a sales person at your door, listen to your gut. If they can't provide ID or legitimate proof that they work with your current alarm company, close the door and call your alarm company directly. They'll be able to tell you if a repair person was dispatched to your location or not. Worried you're being too paranoid? Don't be. Between getting stuck with two bills or becoming a victim of a home invasion, you can never be too cautious.
If you are a property owner or tenant with concerns about your home alarm system or think you may be a victim of this scam, please contact the Simply Property Management –Paielli Realty, Inc. team.
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