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Some Warwickshire residents have reported receiving cold calls from alarm/security companies who are seeking to sell their products by playing on the insecurities of  the people they phone with bogus crime statistics and false claims.  

The callers will often state that their alarm systems are free or cost only a few hundred pounds.  However, once in a consumer’s home, high pressure sales techniques are employed with a view to bully and scare householders into paying thousands for overpriced and unnecessary  alarm systems, some of which come with long and very costly monitoring contracts.

NEVER invite cold callers to your home.  You can’t tell a good trader from a bad one either on the phone or on the doorstep.

Go to the Warwickshire Police website for some home security advice and the Neighbourhood Watch Warwickshire Website if you are thinking about setting up a local neighbourhood watch.

For more advice on avoiding becoming a victim of a scam have a look below:

  • Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service website or call them on 034 5404 0506.
  • To keep up to date on scamming issues keep an eye on the Warwickshire Trading Standards Website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
  • Sign up to scam alerts from Warwickshire County Council here.
  • Avoid rogue traders.  Use the Warwickshire Trading Standards No Rogue Traders Here approved trader scheme.