‘Cold calling’ warning issued by Lincolnshire Police

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Police are issuing advice after been made aware by a concerned resident that an alarm company is ‘cold calling’ Lincolnshire residents, trying to sell them intruder alarm systems.

If you do get a sales call please be mindful of the information that you pass to them, warns the Lincolnshire force.

A statement read: “Many traders who call at your door are honest and genuine; however, some are not and can be extremely persuasive.

If you have serious doubts about the legality or sales techniques being employed by this type of security company, or if they are using hard selling tactics which include unduly raising the fear of crime, pressure selling, unclear contracts and overpriced security systems, you can contact Lincolnshire Trading Standards for advice on telephone number 01522 782 341.

Be aware that not all costs may be shown and ask:

* How much are installation costs, what am I getting?

* How much is servicing - how much, how often?

* Are the payments upfront or monthly?

* How long will I pay for it, e.g. minimum 3-5years?

Please be aware that all alarm companies that install systems in our county which promise a police response to alarm activations must be registered with one of the two national inspectorate bodies which are the NSI and the SSAIB.”

** You can check if an alarm company is inspectorate approved by contacting the NSI on telephone number 01628 637 512 or visiting the website or the SSAIB on telephone number 0191 296 3242 or visiting the website.

For further information on intruder alarm advice for domestic properties, click here or here.