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The Police have received several complaints from a company calling themselves Crime Awareness UK, claiming they are operating with Bedfordshire Police. This a False statement, please look at the advice from Bedfordshire Police on purchasing an Alarm system and be wary of doorstep sellers.
By being a member of Neighbourhood Watch utilise the Cold calling sticker by asking unauthorized footfall to leave, if they refuse your request ring the Police.

 Dear Residents If you are considering the installation of CCTV or a burglar alarm system at your property, we would like to remind people to take a bit of time to research the best product and deal for them.  Always get 3 quotes and remember you have the right to a cooling off period, particularly important if you feel you have been pressured to sign a finance agreement.  Also remember to ask the supplier if their products are Secured By Design accredited.  Never take a company that cold calls you at face value - if you were not looking to improve home security, ask yourself why would you buy from a door-to-door salesperson? Intruder alarm systems in the UK have to conform to European Standards BS EN 50131 series. EN 50131 defines four grades of Intruder alarm system, Grade 4 being the highest. The grade is measured by how resilient the alarm system is to attacks by intruders and other outside influences. All components of the system are graded, including the control panel, motion detectors (PIRs) and signalling equipment. Whilst most installers will design a system using components of the same grade, it may sometimes be appropriate to mix grades of components. However, the overall system will be graded of that of the lowest graded component. Residential installations will typically require a Grade 1 or 2 with larger homes falling into Grade 3. Most commercial premises will require a Grade 2 or 3 alarm system. You can find approved installers at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk which is run by Trading Standards. You can also find reputable suppliers at the National Security Inspectorate website: www.nsi.org.uk/directory Kind regards 2484 Curtayne Crime Reduction Officer Bedfordshire Police

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