“Often times these companies will use scare tactics or very aggressive sales people who won’t take no for an answer. Homeowners often feel trapped into making a decision on the spot, which can lead to problems,” says Mona Emond, Director of Communications for CANASA.
Scams reported on fraudulent practices by door knocking alarm companies are common. Customers have been targeted by salespersons of door knocking companies who posed as AlarmTek staff in Canada (see Global news article here). We take this very seriously and want to keep our communities safe. If a door-to-door alarm salesperson comes to your door, here are three simple steps you can follow:
- Never allow an uninvited stranger into your home. This is not safe and puts yourself and family at risk for many reasons. When it comes to door-to-door alarm salespersons these companies have extensively trained their staff to “get in the door” using a variety of tactics.
- Don’t sign anything. Do your due diligence by checking online reviews and checking the company’s rating on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. A door knocker is paid a large commission to close the sale right in your home by having you sign a legally binding contract on the spot.
- Call a Canadian security company you can trust. Most of these door knocking companies are American corporations who hire a fleet for the summer and finish their work by the fall. Service from these types of providers can include long wait times and hidden costs. Quality of equipment can also be problematic when used in Canada’s harsh winter climate. A Canadian security provider can verify to you what has been tested to work here.