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HOW TO SELECT AN ALARM INSTALLER

There have been several reports of Cold Calling recently by companies offering/selling burglar alarms. Please see below for advice on how to select an alarm installer.

How to select an alarm installer

There are many installers in the alarm industry therefore we suggest that you have at least three quotations from reputable installers and choose a system that suits you and your family’s lifestyle.

The police do not recommend any particular alarm company. If you require a monitored alarm system, then ensure the installer is a current member of a recognised trade association, such as SSAIB or NSI (NACOSS).

Consult your insurance company, they may recommend particular companies and offer a discount on house contents insurance, but remember the cheapest quotation is not always the best option.

Beware of alarm companies who cold call, either door to door or by telephone, as some of them may use high pressure sales methods and also charge inflated prices. They also may offer monitoring that is not recognised by the police. A monitored alarm system which attracts police response will be issued with a unique reference number (URN). Ensure that any installer you choose is a member of one of the alarm industry’s Inspectorate.

Study the installation contract carefully before signing it to determine whether you will own or rent the system once it has been installed and what the maintenance agreement includes and costs.

Make sure that the company you choose offers a short training session to show you how the system works. British Standards requires that there is a ‘hand over’ period in which the alarm company makes the user familiar with the system’s operation and also that they can offer a back-up service for routine maintenance or faults to your system.

A good installation should cause no damage or mess to your decor and the wiring should be easily concealed.

Further advice can be found on the link below:

https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/burglary/choosing-intruder-alarm

LOCAL CRIME UPDATE & ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ID

Local Crime Alert

Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage to a vehicle in Long Row, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have broken off a windscreen wiper. This incident occurred between 06/10/2017 20:00 & 07/10/2017 08:00.

One report of theft from a vehicle in Bourne Rd, Stamford. Unknown person(s) had entered vehicle and were looking through tools when they were disturbed by owner. It is not yet know if anything was taken. This incident occurred on 09/10/2017 at 12:30.

One report of a burglary residential to an unsecured shed in Main St, Lyddington. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 08/10/2017 17:00 & 09/10/2017 11:25.

One report of a burglary residential to a garage in Wytchley Road, Ketton. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 08/10/2017 10:12 & 09/10/2017 18:29.

One report of theft from a vehicle in Whitwell car park. Unknown person(s) had gained entry to the vehicle by smashing a rear window and property was taken. This incident occurred on 12/10/2017 between 11:00 & 14:00.

One report of a burglary residential to a garage in Main St, Empingham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 13/10/2017 00:01 & 13/10/2017 07:00.

One report of a burglary residential to an outbuilding in Northgate, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 10/10/2017 12:00 & 13/10/2017 08:00.

One report of a burglary residential to a dwelling in Dawson Court, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred sometime overnight on 12-13/10/2017.

One report of a burglary residential to a dwelling in Burley Rd, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and is not yet known if property was taken. This incident occurred sometime overnight on 13-14/10/2017.

One report of criminal damage to secured gate in Wing Rd, Oakham. Unknown person(s) had bolt cropped padlock. Believed to be linked to hare coursing. This incident occurred sometime overnight on 13-14/10/2017.

One report of an attempted burglary residential to a dwelling in Finch Close, Oakham. . Unknown person(s) had attempted entry by means of the front UPVC door but were unsuccessful. This incident occurred between 13/10/2017 13:00 & 14/10/2017 15:00.

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Identity Theft – How to prevent identity theft with safe shopping

Trust your instincts. If an offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Legitimate designer items are rarely discounted, so do not rush and be fooled into believing you are getting a good deal

Check the website. The spelling and grammar on the website and of the URL will look suspicious, as often the people behind these sites will try to deceive you by slightly changing the spelling of a well-known brand or shop in the website address.

Look to see where the trader is based and whether they provide a postal address – just because the web address has ‘uk’ do not assume the seller is based in the UK. If there is no address supplied or there is just a PO Box or email, be wary.

Only deal with reputable sellers and only use sites you know or ones that have been recommended to you. If you have not bought from the seller before, do your research and check online reviews. People will often turn to forums and blogs to warn others of fake sites.

Ensure the website address begins ‘https’ at the payment stage – this indicates a secure payment.

Keep security software and firewalls up-to-date.

Ask the trader if there is a returns policy or guarantee. Most rogue traders will not offer this.

Watch out for pop-ups appearing asking you to confirm your card details before you are on the payment stage. Never enter your PIN online.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

PUB BURGLARIES ON THE INCREASE

Pub burglaries  are on the increase around Rutland and now beginning to encroach on our County.  Our local, fondly referred to as the Belton Boozer may well become of interest so would you all please be vigilant of the pub whether from the front or back and if you see anything suspicious contact the police 011622222222  If you see a crime in progress, it’s 999.