ELLENWOOD, GA - As a long time reporter, I've seen this happen many times before.

It's not unusual for home alarm security companies to show up near the scene of a highly publicized crime or in an area known for high crime.

It's sort of like tree companies showing up after a tornado.

It happened again this week in the Ellenwood neighborhood where 14-year-old Ayvani Perez was kidnapped early Tuesday morning.

There's nothing illegal about the sales tactic and one of the companies we talked with freely admitted their sales teams target high crime zip codes and areas in the news where high profile crimes have occurred.

Robert Quinn identified himself as being with Secure Automations, which he described as a promotional company selling ADT products.

As far as he's concerned, he's doing people a service.

"This situation that happened, they have us out here because of that 'cause if they would have had an alarm system, that situation may not have went the way it did," Quinn told 11 Alive.

"So we're actually out here helping people out with free equipment and free installation," he added.

Quinn said he was offering new customers free wifi security equipment and installation, but they still had to sign a contract, pay a onetime activation fee and a monthly monitoring fee of anywhere from $40 to $70 depending on the coverage.

11 Alive contacted ADT corporate, who told us they don't offer free equipment, but that some independent contractors who sell their service may do so.

As for the sales tactic, they referred us to the Electronic Security Association, a professional industry organization.

ESA has yet to return our phone calls or emails, but they do have an industry code of conduct.

They require their members to present their products factually and honestly and not to misrepresent anything.

But the code does not mention anything about geographic targeting of high crime areas.

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