Warning over TV conmen

ELDERLY and vulnerable residents across Suffolk are being urged to be on their guard against distraction burglars offering to help them with the digital TV switch over.

The Safe and Sound group in Suffolk is warning people not to fall victim to burglars or rogue traders who could use the switch over as a way to gain entry to homes.

The message comes after many the parts of the county were switched over last week, with the final phase taking place in November.

Group chairman David Kane said: “We would ask residents to look out for possible rogue traders visiting an elderly neighbour or relative who could be vulnerable, and remind householders to check the identification of people calling at the front door.”

A digital help scheme has been set up for those who need the most assistance with the switch to digital, including people aged 75 and over, the blind and partially sighted.

Residents are being told to note that installers registered with the government scheme will not call without an appointment and will carry identification.

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

For more information call 0800 408 5900 or visit www.helpscheme.co.uk.