Lincolnshire police have been alerted by a concerned resident that an alarm company are “cold calling” residents, trying to sell them intruder alarm systems.
They say if you do get a sales call be careful about the information you pass on.
When considering security systems for your home or business, don’t deal with cold callers or telesales enquiries. You should avoid doing doorstep or telephone business.
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 the 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 should contact Lincolnshire Trading Standards for advice on 03454 04 05 06.
Police point out that alarm companies that install systems in Lincolnshire which promise a police response to alarm activations must be registered with one of the two national inspectorate bodies – 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 (website: www.nsi.org.uk) and the SSAIB on telephone number 0191 296 3242 (website: www.ssaib.org)