Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Protect Your Home As You Rebuild from Flood

As you start to repair your home after the flood, it's more important than ever to protect yourself from burglary and looters.
A monitored alarm system or a professionally installed, high-quality CCTV system can protect your property as you bring in new materials and assets.
Call or visit us at alarm.net to learn how we can help you stay safe as you rebuild!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Refer a Friend - Earn $50!

Earn a $50 account credit for every friend you bring to Alarm Center Security. Refer using your social networks, email or face-to-face and start earning your credits.

We love our clients and want to reward them for referring us.

Refer your family, friends or co-workers to Alarm Center Security. If they sign up for security services with us, then you get $50 for each referral!

How To Make a Referral

When your friend calls in or fills out our online form (desktop | mobile), make sure they mention that they heard about us from you. If you'd like to suggest someone for us to contact, fill out our Quick Referral Form (desktop | mobile) on our website right now.

Lucky 7 Referral Program

Have more than one person you'd like to refer? Great! If you can get up to 7 friends, family or co-workers to sign up and receive monitoring from us, you'll quality for FREE monitoring for life.

Call us today to learn more about this exciting rewards program at (225) 292-5276. You can also email us at office@alarm.net.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Scam Alert! Beware the Door Knocker Salesman!

A knock on the door during the summer months may not be a friendly visitor. Summertime is when door-to-door salesmen make their rounds and, very often, what they're peddling is a scam to trick people into switching from their reputable alarm company.

The BBB and the FTC both warn people about purchasing alarm systems from unsolicited salesmen. Both see complaints rolling in every summer from people, especially the elderly, who have been duped into buying an alarm system from an unscrupulous salesperson or switching to an unlicensed alarm company they cannot, now, reach or get out from under.

These fly-by-night companies are not locally owned or operated, and will use deceptive tactics to try and get you to switch to them. Some tactics our own customers experienced with these door-to-door salesmen are:
  • State that they work for Alarm Center Security yet show up with no appointment (we NEVER solicit or go door-to-door).
  • Claim they are there to "upgrade" your existing system.
  • Claim to be offering a certain number of "free" systems in your neighborhood.
  • Misrepresent that Alarm Center Security is "going out of business".
The FTC also notes these classic signs of a security system sales scam:
  • They may make a time-limited offer and claim you need to act now.
  • They may pressure their way into your home and then refuse to leave.
  • They may outright use scare tactics, such as claiming there has been a rash of burglaries in your neighborhood.
It is important to remember that those selling security door-to-door are often not licensed to sell alarm systems in the state of Louisiana. This means that the salesman you are letting into your home, and the installers who will come in after you agree to buy what he's selling, have not undergone criminal background checks.

You should always exercise caution when letting someone in the door. Ensure you are always dealing with a reputable alarm professional by taking the following steps:
  • Don't answer the door if you don't know who is knocking.
  • Ask for an ID badge, business card or literature with their company name.
  • Ask for their State Alarm License Number. All Alarm Center Security representatives have required state licenses.
You should also do your research. If you are considering going with the company, check online reviews and, especially, the BBB, the FTC and your state Attorney General. Some of these companies employing door-to-door salesmen have been run out of multiple states, including Louisiana, for unscrupulous practices and have returned under a new company name. Be an informed consumer and know who you are dealing with.

Be wary of anyone knocking on your door and be sure to alert your family and friends to also be on guard this summer. Remember to keep the tips outlined here in mind and be sure that anyone you let into your home is coming from a licensed, reputable company.

If you believe that you have been a victim of these door-to-door scam sales or are aware of them going on in your neighborhood, please contact us immediately at (225) 292-5276. You can also email us at office@alarm.net.

Friday, June 20, 2014

75% of Burglars Avoid Homes with Monitored Alarm Systems

As a long-standing member of the LLSSA (Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association), Alarm Center Security encourages everyone to read the informative piece, "Reinforce Security at Home by Thinking like a Burglar", that recently appeared on arklamiss.com.

Here is a snippet from the article:
A recent ground-breaking study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte found that of the convicted burglars interviewed, 60 percent indicated that the presence of an alarm system would cause them to seek an alternate target.

Additionally, the Cromwell-Olson-Avary study revealed that if a potential burglar sees a yard sign or window decal from a credible security company outside of a home, around 75 percent would think twice about going through with an attack.

But signs and decals aren't enough to deter a burglar; security systems are the best protection against home burglary.
And also:
To aid them in their security needs, The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association urges homeowners to enlist a security company that is a member of The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association. The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association member companies are experienced professionals and must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.

To ensure maximum protection, a Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association member company will recommend and install a system that accommodates both the features of the home and the homeowner’s lifestyle.
Read more at bit.ly/1m4GHBq 

It's What We've Been Doing for 35 Years

Consider Alarm Center Security for protecting your home and business. We have been keeping local residents safe since 1978, are locally owned and operated, and take great pride in continuing to offer protection and security to thousands of satisfied customers.

Alarm Center offers flexible solutions for all your security needs, whether you're a home or business owner. We work with each client individually to build a protection plan tailored to your specific needs. Fill out our online form today for a Free Estimate!

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