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Warning over free burglar alarm offer

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Residents are being warned about a scheme offering free burglar alarms, which could tie victims into a contract costing thousands of pounds.

Powys council’s trading standards service said a company providing alarms had targeted people in Brecon.

It said companies offering the alarms claimed to be working with police as part of a government scheme.

The companies are reported to use high pressure tactics and “scaremonger” about rising crime levels in the area.

Some firms make misleading claims about the alarms being directly linked to the police or patrol cars, a council spokesperson said.

The companies failed to mention the fees for the monitoring, upkeep and responding to the alarms, which can add up to thousands of pounds.

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