Security Scams To Watch For And Avoid

November 2nd, 2020

As a CA homeowner, you take all the necessary steps in order to protect your home and family at all times. However, even with professional home security systems, you may still be susceptible to certain scams.

Today, we will go over some of the more common security scams out there so you can steer clear of them.

Free Equipment

If you are met with the promise of free equipment, a deal that is too good to be true, or other such offers, then it may be a scam with several strings attached. Some providers require people to sign a contract that says they have to pay monthly monitoring fees. Others will sell you faulty equipment or security cameras that are not up to par.

Quick Decisions

If they are demanding that you make a quick decision and telling you that there is a limited time for a deal or discount, the whole thing could be a scam. A home security system is a big investment, so you need to take your time in researching to find exactly what you need.

Scare Tactics

When a company tries to pressure you by using scare tactics, that is another red flag. Some scammers like to make up stories about increased crime rates in your neighborhood or community in Chico.

They can also force their way into your home and stay until you give in and sign their contract. If this happens to you, it is important to stay firm but polite. You can also call the authorities if they become too pushy and refuse to leave.

Existing Home Security Systems

Sometimes, scammers will come to your home and claim that they need to inspect your current security system. However, they will instead get rid of it and replace it with a new one that requires a high monthly fee or other hidden costs.

Pose As A Security Company

There are scammers who will pretend to be from your current security company to gain access to your home and information. They look for people who have security signs in their yards or security stickers on the windows. Then, they knock on the door claiming that the homeowner’s security company sent them over to update their current system, perform maintenance, or upgrade the equipment.

However, once they get inside the home, they install a completely different home security system and throw away your equipment. You will then find yourself stuck with your original contract as well as a new one with the scam company.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for the best home security system for your property, it is important to take your time and do your research. See to it that you work with a reliable company to ensure that you are purchasing top-notch equipment and receiving high-quality service.

Before you fall victim to any one of these home security scams, talk with the experts at your local security company in Chico. We will help you find out what you need to do to better protect yourself and your property.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
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