The problem that is ADT


Several coordinators have expressed concerns about the door-to-door pressure selling routines being operated by the Burglar Alarm company ADT. They are in Roding too.

It IS a nuisance, but not a crime. That doesn't however mean the police are not interested. Yes, they have been known to ignore the yellow stickers supplied by trading standards in no-cold calling zones. On the leaflet that accompanied the stickers, it does state that it only becomes an offence if they return after being advised.

What we could do which may be far more useful than just closing the door on them, is this:

ADT is a very large company, with many arms. It is quite difficult to lodge an effective complaint without knowing precisely where these campaigns are being initiated. Far more useful, would be engaging in a conversation with them, asking for a business card (if they have them), finding out who to contact if interested in their alarm systems etc. i.e. do a wee bit of detective work. It's always easier to be nice rather than nasty anyway.

What you may find is the door knockers are not actual "employees" of ADT, but hired students, hired to canvass. I'd be interested to hear if they ring at doors of houses that do obviously already have alarm systems fitted.

Sgt Rob Douglas (Roding and Church End) has already fired a shot over their bow, also Adrian Simpson of Trading Standards has been advised:

Hi Mark,
Thank you for your email. I have sent an email direct to ADT concerning this matter and expressing our disapproval on behalf of police, local residents and local authority.
Kind Regards