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Police Connect warning of thefts in the Thorndon, Thwaite and Weatheringsett area…. so be vigilant!
There were TWO break-ins on Clay Street last night (Thursday 9th Feb) – please be on the lookout for suspicious activity / people and make sure you garages / sheds / windows etc are all secure.
Following a number of complaints, Suffolk Trading Standards are warning residents to be vigilant when opening their doors to companies offering burglar alarms for as little as a pound.
A salesperson may cold call by telephone and insist on visiting the same day to discuss the installation of a free or cheap alarm. Companies may also use high-pressure tactics to scaremonger residents.
Based on previous complaints, Trading Standards found that the companies failed to mention hidden fees for the monitoring, upkeep and rapid response facilities. Some residents have found themselves tied into a long contract agreement costing thousands of pounds.
James Garrett, Suffolk Fair Trading Officer said; "We are urging residents, especially elderly or vulnerable people, to be aware of such calls. Our advice is not to buy anything based on a cold call. If you intend to make a major purchase always research the market and get at least three quotes from reputable companies."
If residents do not wish to receive unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls, they can register for free via the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707 or www.tpsonline.org.uk.