House to House Collections
Thursday 19th April 2012:-
The western watch office has received information today concerning the following cold calling incidents in the West Cheshire area.
Donation bags for unwanted household items left at a home in Westminster Park area, Chester on Mon 16th April 2012.
CW&C licensed street collections department received this enquiry this week and confirm that they have NOT currently issued licences covering local collection/ nor do either of these ‘collectors’ have a nationally issued collection exemption licence’.
The collection bags carry the names :-
- Helpmates Ltd
A Home Watch Scheme member in Winsford received a call from a person asking if they would like an appointment to discuss a ‘free offer of household security equipment’. The resident was given the impression that the organisation was ‘working with/approved by’ the police and/or Home Watch. Their phone number is ex directory.
Cheshire Constabulary and Home Watch in Cheshire DO NOT endorse specific security products, nor do they directly support telephone canvassing to sell security products.
Residents wishing to avoid cold calling by phone can register with the ‘Telephone Preference Service’ and may then ask organisations making unsolicited calls from the UK to their home, to remove them from their calling lists.
If any caller is threatening or is trying to enter your property – ring 999
You can obtain further consumer advice and information by contacting:- 08454 04 05 06 – Citizens Advice Consumer Help Line (www.adviceguide.org.uk)
The western watch office would like to thank members of Home Watch Schemes and the public for their continued vigilance, scrutiny and reporting of, suspicious incidents.
Regards, Liz Biddle Home Watch Officer West Cheshire
Cheshire Constabulary Western Watch Office supports Home Watch Schemes across Chester, Ellesmere Port, Neston and Vale Royal; and is based in the Western Partnership Office, Northwich Police Station. Telephone 01606 364291
TO CONTACT THE POLICE CALL THE NON EMERGENCY NUMBER 101.
IN EMERGENCY ALWAYS DIAL 999