Summertime can mean more door-to-door salespeople visiting your home or neighborhood. Warmer weather can also present more opportunities for potential thieves looking for easy entry into your home. Either way, you can use these five, simple steps to protect your property and family from door-to-door scams or break-ins.
Increase Summertime Safety Using Front Door Security and Home Video Surveillance
A strong first step to protecting your bank accounts and home is to be aware of potential dangers and prepared for when someone uninvited rings your doorbell or knocks on your door. Follow these front door security tips and be sure to share them with all family members, including elderly parents who live alone:
On a special note, from our own home security customers’ experiences: When your property is protected by a security system, some door-to-door scammers might target your home in order to gain access to your system or alarm monitoring contract details. Be wary of someone claiming to represent your alarm monitoring company and asking you to sign a new contract. They might state that your company has been sold and is no longer in business or they need to upgrade your equipment and need you to sign a new contract.
The Benefits of Having a Home Security System to Keep an Eye on Property, Family
The good news is a security or smart home security system that includes video monitoring, a doorbell camera, outdoor security cameras and other convenient remote monitoring options can help you keep an eye on your home from almost anywhere and even speak to anyone who drops by. For Alert 360 customers, our Alert 360® smart home solutions or Alert 360® video, with a free mobile app, are extremely popular and handy for both when you’re home and when you’re out and about or traveling.
Protect Yourself from Door-to-Door Fraud and Know These Common Scam Tactics
Not everyone who visits is a bad guy or is trying to scam you into paying for services you might not receive. It’s good to know when to suspect suspicious activity or someone attempting to obtain your bank account information, signature on a contract, or access to your security system and home.
From experience working with our customers, we’ve gathered the most commonly used phrases, false statements, or tactics scammers use and advise you to be wary of anyone who:
In Addition to Using a Home Security App or Smart Home automation to Stop Break-Ins
Our final and important tips for creating a burglar-proof home are easy enough: Lock your doors. It seems simple, but did you know most thieves gain entry through front doors? This includes ensuring your garage door is closed even while you’re home.
When you’re creating your weekend to-do lists, be sure to also review our yardwork hints for creating a more secure home. Trimming bushes and installing motion lighting around your entries can go a long way toward deterring theft, and it’s the perfect time of year to tackle those projects.
Protect Your Home and Neighborhood: Report Suspicious Door-to-Door Activity
If you’ve experienced these suspicious door-to-door sales tactics, please report it here or call us at 1-888-642-4567. If you suspect fraud, you also can contact your state’s Better Business Bureau and local police or sheriff.
With this information and tips, you can rest easy, knowing you’re prepared and ready for when someone uninvited comes to your front door.
We have 15 branch offices and over 200 authorized dealers. If you would like a free quote, click here!