Beware of the Free Security System!

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Beware of the Free Security System!

We often hear from people who’ve ordered the ‘free’ alarm system offered by a well-known national security company. Many times, the people contacting us realize that, after installation of this ‘free’ system, it’s really costing them much more money than if they purchased one outright.
In addition to horror stories about sloppy work and unsafe installation, most people are shocked at exactly how much this ‘free’ system is costing them. As our parents always told us, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch!” Let’s dissect one of these recent advertisements and for comparison, we’ll match it feature-for-feature with one of our systems.


1.  OK… so far, this ‘free’ security system is costing you $99.00 due to their ‘customer installation charge’. 
2.  The security system used in this offer is what we call a bare-bones basic panel. In larger quantities, these systems can usually be purchased wholesale for less than $100. Options and features are few, and future upgrade possibilities are very limited with this type of equipment. In our opinion, if you’re serious about protecting your home, this is not necessarily the best panel for you. 
3.  Here’s the big one: monitoring fees. Did you ever wonder how any company could afford to give you a security system for free? It’s because they’re making a large profit on the monitoring fees that they’re charging you! Obviously, for any security system to be effective, you’ll want to have it monitored. BUT… the fees you’re charged can vary greatly from one company to another. For instance, our security system customers pay only $15.54 per month on our annual payment plan. This is $20.45 per month LESS than is charged by the company in this advertisement! Now multiply that over the life of the agreement (3 years) and that higher monitoring fee balloons to $736.00. Finally, keeping in mind that most people keep their security systems for a minimum of 12 years, this means that you would be paying an additional $2,944.80 for that ‘free’ system!!

Lastly, here’s a sure sign that a company expects it’s customers to experience buyer’s remorse: this ‘free’ offer is only valid if you give them permission to charge your credit card or auto-debit your checking account each month.

Does this ‘free’ system seem like such a good deal anymore?

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Licensed electricians serving Orange county, Sullivan county, and Ulster county in New York
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