MAY 00] WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Rugby Warning Over Security Alarm Sellers
living in Rugby have been warned not to fall victim to door-to-door
salesmen using pushy tactics to sell security systems.
and Trading Standards Officers have issued the alert after hearing of
cases of representatives of the firms asking questions about
householder’s’ existing security levels.
have reportedly been making dubious claims about local burglary
statistics and claim that they are supported by the local police.
Trading Standards officers say they are concerned that the companies
are using hard-sell tactics to encourage people to buy systems that
are often over-priced and unsuitable.
say they are particularly concerned that elderly and vulnerable people
might be targeted by these tactics.
considering purchasing an alarm are being urged not to rush into it.
should get at least quotes from reputable local companies, ideally
those approved by NACOSS – the National Approval Council on Security
Crime Prevention officers can also give advice on home security.
Carolyn Went from the Rugby Community Safety Unit said:
would strongly advise anyone considering an intruder alarm to take
their time and not be rushed in to a bad purchase.”
who signs a contact on the doorstep following a visit that was not
arranged does have seven days in which to cancel it.
Trading Standards Officers care concerned that householders who feel
foolish at having succumbed to a doorstep stales team in the first
place, may not admit their mistake until it is too late, by which time
they might be in a great deal of debt.
rights must be provided in writing to the customer at the time the
contract is agreed. It is an offence not to do so and any contract
that is not accompanied by cancellation rights cannot be enforced.
requiring more information should contact Warwickshire Trading
Standards Adviceline on 01926 414000 or Rugby Police Community Safety
unit on 01926 415000.