For the past few years, several out-of-state companies have brought a sales force into our local communities to perform aggressive door-to-door sales of their alarm systems. This has not been limited to Allied customers.
These companies often misrepresent themselves as being from the home or business owners alarm company, or use a well-known brand name like Honeywell or GE Security. They may claim to have a new and better product, or that there is a problem with your current system that they are there to fix. They may be pleasant, but typically use high pressure sales tactics.
They require you to sign a new monitoring contract that commits you to payments to a different alarm company. They may offer a no-cost installation, but the monthly fees are exceptionally high. They often target senior citizens and attempt to confuse the homeowner into signing a new contract.
This has been a nationwide phenomenon and there have been thousands of consumer fraud complaints and reports to the BBB. Be prepared! Go online and search for “alarm summer sales complaints” for a sample of their tactics.
A legitimate company, like Allied, will never try to pressure you into purchasing something or force our way into your home using high-pressure sales tactics. The representative should always be able to produce appropriate identification. If in doubt, call your local Allied branch to confirm the identity of someone claiming to represent us.
You have the right to ask a person to leave your home or premises and if they continue with their sales efforts after you have asked them to leave, notify the police.