Security Alarms Scam

Published: 01 October 2019

We have received reports of a scam targeting Kent residents with offers of security checks and security alarms.

How this scam works:

•The criminal cold calls by telephone.
•They may say they are calling to let you know about a crime awareness campaign running in your area.
•They offer a security check of your home and to fit a security alarm.
•They claim to be working for the Council security team.
•In one incident when the resident said another adult lived at the property the criminal hung up.

Protect yourself:

•Do not respond to cold callers.
•Never agree to work from cold a caller.
•If you require home security use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade.
•Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing.

Please warn family members, friends and neighbours.

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.