Surrey

Surrey Police warning over rogue home security companies

Rogue home security companies are targeting Surrey residents in a scam which can leave people with bills of £5,000 or more, police have said.

Police and trading standards have urged people not to deal with people who cold call on the phone or on their doorstep.

A number of residents have received phone calls about personal security in the past few weeks, Surrey Police said.

The callers offer a free alarm but fail to mention installation and maintenance costing thousands, officers added.

A statement issued by Surrey Police added: "During the call it is implied that the company is either working directly with the local authorities, including the police, or undertaking research on their behalf.

"Some have also claimed to guarantee a police response to any alarm activation."

Both Surrey County Council and Surrey Police have said they are not working in conjunction with any private home security company and do not endorse particular products.

Trading standards advice to anyone who decides to install a new security system is to be clear about the costs of installation and any ongoing charges.

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