Hampshire Police and Trading Standards want to remind people not to be pressured into signing up for services and goods that they don’t actually need.
If you are ever visited or cold called by people offering services such as loft insulation or other ‘energy home improvements’ never be swayed into signing anything on the spot. If you feel uncomfortable and the person refuses to leave tell them you are calling the police.
Older more vulnerable members of our community are being deliberately targeted and these companies are using scare tactics to get them to agree to totally unnecessary expensive work. They may also mention you are entitled to a Government grant, or you will be fined if you don’t have the right energy saving measures in place. The ‘sell’ may start with a free loft insulation check.
If you have older relatives, friends or neighbours, please talk to them about not employing any services of people who they are unsure of or who have cold called them. Trading Standards partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 040506 can give advice, and will record complaints for Trading Standards. You can also contact The Energy Trust http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/, or Police on 101 if you have concerns or wish to know more.
Here is a link to an article that highlights the dangers one victim faced.
Thank you for your time,
PCSO Richard Sanders 16500
Andover Neighbourhood Policing Team