The holidays are when consumers need alarm systems the most, but a few simple tips can really decrease your chances of a break-in during the holidays.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
During the holiday season, most people have their minds on family, shopping, celebrations, and general holiday cheer. Unfortunately, the holidays are also a prime time for burglars and robbers to strike. In criminals’ minds, homeowners’ preoccupation with holiday festivities and the likelihood that expensive gifts may be sitting within easy make for an opportunity too tempting to resist.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that a full quarter of all home burglaries occur during the holiday season (defined by the period between Thanksgiving and New Years). That translates to about half a million home intrusions in just a five to six week period. Put another way, the burglary rate jumps almost 250 percent during the holidays.
Thankfully for consumers, security and home alarm system companies recognize the opportunity offered by this phenomenon and often run some of their best promotions of the year during the days between Black Friday and Christmas. Consumers may be hit with messages like, “Give the gift of safety,” or, “Bring your family peace of mind this Christmas,” but what’s most important is that savvy shoppers can find some great deals—if they’re smart.
1. Alarm system review sites—such as AlarmSystemReport.com—offer a great place to go comparison shopping. Most review sites aggregate pricing information from a large number of companies and allow consumers to determine what a reasonable baseline price is. These sites also sometimes offer online discounts for DIY alarm systems or individual security system components. Buying online is often cheaper because most security companies place substantial markups on equipment they sell in person due to the heavy sales commissions they offer sales associates.
2. Consumers should never underestimate the power of “quote shopping.” In other words, they should feel free to request as many quotes as possible and then call service providers back and explain how they received a better quote from another company. Because the margins on service plans are fairly high for most home alarm companies, sales representatives are often willing to negotiate.
3. Security company sales representatives are often more than eager to disclose information about upcoming sales or other promotions to potential buyers—especially if they think it could result in a sale. Consumers shouldn’t be afraid to call security companies and ask them if they anticipate having any holiday deals. Even if they don’t, sales representatives are often empowered to offer discounts to interested but cost-conscious buyers.
4. Many security and alarm companies allow “coupon stacking,” especially for online purchases. In addition to special holiday discounts, consumers should search online for year-round coupons and promotion codes offered either by the alarm companies themselves or by third party resellers. Many alarm system resellers in particular will slash their prices to match holiday deals while still honoring other online promotion codes.
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