Police warnings over switchover

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POLICE are urging the public to be vigilant against distraction burglars offering to help with the digital TV takeover.

On July 6, many parts of Suffolk saw the analogue TV signal switched off and replaced by a digital signal with a final phase of the switch taking place on November 9.

The Safe and Sound Group of Suffolk, which has partners in Suffolk police and Suffolk Trading Standards, is warning people not to fall prey to distraction burglars claiming to be assisting with the switch over.

A Digital Help Scheme was set up to help those who need it most, including those who are over 75 or registered blind. Police urge people to check the details of anyone claiming to be assisting with the switch.

Registered installers will only call on appointment and will always carry a Help Scheme identification card.

Chairman of the Safe and Sound group, David Kane, said residents should call the police if visited by anyone without identification.

He said: “We would ask residents to look out for possible rogue traders visiting an elderly neighbour or relative who could be vulnerable and check the identification of people calling at the front door.

“If you have any caller claiming to be from the help scheme or offering assistance to set up your TV and you haven’t made an appointment, then refuse entry to your property and dial 999 and ask for police assistance immediately.”

For more information call 0800 5900 or visit www.helpscheme.co.uk