Beware of bogus alarm installers claiming to collaborate with CDC
The callers tried to persuade her to arrange for a home demonstration, indicating that the equipment would only cost 99p while not divulging the price of the installation work.
On both occasions, the individuals did not provide their names or the addresses of the company they allegedly represented.
Cotswold District Council has not entered into any partnership to install wireless alarm systems and recommends that any calls claiming this link to CDC should be referred to the police on 101. The Council’s Interim Neighbourhood Services Manager, Stephen Harcourt, said: “This is obviously a ploy to gain admission under false pretences to the homes of the vulnerable, and the mention of CDC might just lend some credence to what is obviously a bogus enterprise. “
Crime Reduction Officer for Gloucestershire, Paul Francis, said: “This just goes to show the deceitful ways offenders will try and separate people from your money. What’s most despicable is that they often target the most vulnerable members of society.
“In both these incidents the resident did exactly the right thing and refused to give any personal information to the callers. We would advise that anyone else who receives a similar call follow this example.
“If you are ever unsure about a business call, never be afraid to check their credentials by saying you’ll call them back and use the number in the phone book or from your bills - not the one they give you. Legitimate callers will not mind you doing this.”
Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1PX
Telephone: 01285 623 169