The Electronic Security Association (ESA) advises homeowners to be careful consumers. The ESA says that, of the 14,000 security companies in the United States, only a handful sell door-to-door.

For your home and family’s protection, the next time a door-to-door salesman knocks at your door, remember… some represent legitimate, local security system providers. However, most could be called “con artists” who rely on high-pressure sales tactics and a string of halftruths or outright lies to make a sale.


  1. Have them present a photo ID card and a business card.
  2. Ask to see equipment brochures and request a written sales proposal.
  3. Give yourself a day or so to read the contract instead of allowing the salesperson to tell you what it says.
  4. Do careful research of reputable, local suppliers.
  5. Ask friends and family for their recommendations.
  6. Call the attorney general’s office or Better Business Bureau to learn if there are any complaints against the company.
saleswoman talking with couple in home

Beware of High-Pressure Sales Tactics

  • Warning you that police won’t respond to older security systems.
    • Police, fire, and ambulance services all respond in the same way, regardless of the age of your system.
  • Offering free upgrades to your current system.
    • While upgrading, they will most likely “discover” some major problem, requiring you to purchase a new system.
  • Pressuring you to make an immediate decision.
    • Reputable companies encourage you to take the time to carefully research your decision.

If you have concerns or questions about your system, check with us first. We offer state-of-the-art security system upgrades as technology changes or you want to expand.  Reach out today and let us help!