5 red flags to watch for when hiring an alarm service

5 red flags to watch for when hiring an alarm service

Get it in writing

Before purchasing a security system, get a written, detailed quote covering things like installation, equipment, monitoring fees and warranties. As always, get bids from multiple companies.

Read the fine print

Read through the monitoring contract carefully and ask if you can transfer the service if you move before it expires. The duration of most contracts is one to five years.

Check on background checks

Inquire whether your alarm company does background checks on its employees, and determine what kind of vehicles and uniforms they will have before they arrive at your home.

Be wary

Don't make snap decisions on hiring a contractor. Be wary of door-to-door salesmen and those who only accept cash, offer benefits for recruiting other customers or use high-pressure sales tactics.

Verify the story

If a sales representative tells you your current security provider is going out of business or undergoing a merger, make sure to check with your company before signing a new contract.


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