Warnings about burglaries and “Digital Switchover” scams

Rogue traders are reportedly cold calling in parts of Hampshire claiming that residents need to replace their TV aerial in order to receive digital TV signals.

Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service advises that most people with a good aerial now will not need a new aerial for switchover and reminds us that there is no such thing as a ‘digital aerial’.

Trading Standards advises people not to agree to any work that is instigated as a result of a cold call or a leaflet drop.  Anyone wishing to replace their rooftop aerial should look for a Registered Digital Installer (RDI) as they have all been properly trained and security checked. To find an RDI visit www.rdi-lb.co.ukor call the Digital UK advice line on 08456 50 50 50.

Please note, if you are over 75, disabled or on certain benefits you may be eligible for help from the Switchover Help Scheme. This means you could get one TV set at your home switched to digital for just £40. Those who are entitled to help should have already received a letter and information pack though the post, but to check if you are eligible please visit www.helpscheme.co.ukor call 0800 40 85 900.

If anyone has any information about traders who are cold calling claiming TV aerials need to be replaced (or about any other doorstep crime issues) they should contact Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service Quick Response Team on 01962 833666 (Monday – Friday 0900hrs to 1700hrs) where specially trained officers are on hand to provide advice.  E-mail: doorstep.crime@hants.gov.uk

Hampshire Police have recently reported a series of overnight burglaries at large detached and remote / rural properties in the Waterlooville and Havant areas. Handbags, laptops and small removable items have been targeted.  Many of the properties have burglar alarms, which had not been set and so the Police are appealing to people set their alarms at night and to take small valuables upstairs.  Hampshire Constabulary (0845 045 45 45); www.hampshire.police.ukand Crime Information: www.crimemaps.co.uk