Police warning over door-to-door sales of security equipment

Police news.
Police news.

Suffolk Police has advised residents to be wary of door-to-door salesmen offering free security equipment.

Police are advising home owners to be wary following advice from Suffolk Trading Standards.

Issues with rogue security companies were first highlighted in 2012, and a spokesman for Suffolk Trading Standards said: “It has come to the attention of Suffolk Trading Standards that the matter has made an unwelcome return to the county.

“In recent days, information has been received from the Sudbury area via a Suffolk Police Crime Reduction Officer that a company has been cold-calling residents.

“The company allegedly state that the consumer has been selected for a ‘free burglar alarm’, however the resident would have to pay a £300 installation fee.”

The advice from Crime Reduction Officers at Suffolk Police and from Trading Standards would be to not purchase an alarm from any cold-caller, either on the phone or at your door. Instead, seek three independent quotes from NSI/SSAIB registered companies.

If you have been contacted by a company offering something similar and would like further advice, contact Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Trading standards advise using the below websites when purchasing security equipment.

www.nsi.org.uk/directory,

www.nsi.org.uk/information-centre/information-for-home-owners

https://ssaib.org/security-provider-search

https://ssaib.org/page/approved-contractor-scheme.