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Cheat given caution for crime claim

A MAN trying to drum up customers for his security installation business by claiming crime had risen in Balsall Common has been prosecuted.

A MAN trying to drum up customers for his security installation business by claiming crime had risen in Balsall Common has been prosecuted.

The cheat distributed leaflets wrongly claiming crime in the area has risen by a third and stated that homeowners would be at risk if they did not buy a security product.

He also falsely claimed he had been vetted by Age Concern and Age UK.

Police contacted Trading Standards who gave him a caution. He subsequently handed over 10,000 leaflets.

Sergeant Helen Braithwaite, from the Meriden sector, said: “Residents reading this leaflet may well have been made to feel that crime is seriously on the rise in Balsall Common when this is not the case. This information may also have unnecessarily pressured residents into employing the services of the man distributing the leaflet.

“By working with Trading Standards, the man was not only dealt with swiftly for his offences but has also been prevented from posting more misleading and incorrect information.”

 

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