"Crime Prevention UK" scam
I had a call this evening from a woman who introduced herself and said she was calling from "Crime Prevention UK". She said she was doing a survey in the KT9 area, in the light of rising crime.
I asked her whether she was cold calling, as I subscribe to Telephone Preference Service. She replied that it was OK for her to call as she was 'not selling anything'.
So I asked her who she was calling from, and she told me that they were a commercial company specialising in security products, and they were working in the area. And she claimed she wasn't trying to sell me something!
Before I rang off, I did point out that I had some knowledge of the crime figures in my area, that crime was not rising in KT9 and that, in fact, it had one of the lowest crime rates in the whole of London.
So who are "Crime Prevention UK"?
I checked Companies House. A business called Crime Prevention Services UK Ltd is listed as having been dissolved. There are several others with the words Crime Prevention in their names, and they may well all be perfectly good organisations, so I didn't investigate them all. None of the others had 'UK' in their name.
I then got googling and discovered a very similar story relating to "Crime Research UK" which was a front for SAS Fire and Security, and who clearly used fear to persuade people to buy expensive shoddy burglar alarms. Police in Huddersfield have recently warned householders about them.
Crime Research UK Ltd is in liquidation. SAS Fire and Security has changed its name to Homeguard UK Fire and Security. (I feel very sorry for Homeguard Security Systems Ltd, who are not connected with the rogue company.)
Now I can't find any trace of Crime Prevention UK, but their techniques sound remarkably similar to those of Crime Research UK, so I'm assuming it is the reincarnation following liquidation. I have reported them to Trading Standards.