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Burglar alarm bosses banned for 39 years 19 September 2014

Five directors of a burglar alarm firm have been disqualified for a total of 39 ½ years for using sales tactics which “breached consumer legislation”.

The former directors of SAS Fire & Security Systems Limited were also found to have “failed to rectify breaches in response to Trading Standards enforcement action”.

An investigation by the Insolvency Service followed the winding up of the company on public interest grounds.

Ludovic Black, David Diaz, John Davies, Roger Waring, and Gary McVey were disqualified for nine, nine, 12, 3 ½ and six years respectively.

The investigation found the company used coercive sales techniques including cold-call telephone calls, where false statements and inaccurate claims were made.

Once a sale was made, the company did not provide the consumer with details of their statutory cancellation rights.

Directors of the company then failed to adhere to enforcement action taken by North Lanarkshire Trading Standards and the Information Commissioner’s Office, and to advice given by Trading Standards offices.

Ken Beasley, official receiver for the Public Interest Unit (North) of The Insolvency Service said: “Many of SAS’s customers were elderly or vulnerable. The sales tactics SAS employed exploited this.

“I would urge anyone who has been cold called by telephone to carefully consider whether the offer made is reasonable and or plausible.

“I would also advise caution in allowing sales representatives to attend in your home and, if possible, to ensure a friend or relative is present.”

The Insolvency Service has confirmed that there will be no dividend payable to unsecured creditors of the company.

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