Sussex Police and Trading Standards are warning residents to be on their guard against cold callers offering cheap burglar alarms.
During January police have received reports from concerned local residents about phone cold callers offering alarm or security services.
The callers offer the free installation of an alarm box, often claiming that the resident has been selected at random for a free box normally costing thousands of pounds.
Sergeant Chris Lane said people should be aware of the scam which they fear could be operating across the county.
“The callers sometimes claim some kind of affiliation to the police and that they are working with police as a result of issues with police response times,” said the police sergeant.
“The ‘sales staff’ callers are generally quite pushy and will state that they have a member of staff in the area who will attend shortly and fit the box.
“Once the ‘free’ box is fitted, residents may then find themselves paying high monthly rates for remote monitoring of the equipment.
“These callers have no affiliation to the police and our advice is to refuse the services of any cold callers via the telephone or in person.
“We have received no reports of anyone actually paying any money yet, but any such approaches should be reported to Sussex Police via 101 or email email@example.com or Trading Standards.”
The warning comes after several householders in Brighton and the surrounding areas raised the alarm with police.