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Road Traffic issues
There have been complaints this month of vehicles speeding through the village of Drum. Some enforcement was carried out by our Road Policing unit and two drivers were issued with conditional officers 3 points and £100.

Community Surgery
We held our first Kinross Community Surgery at Kinross Church Centre on 11 April, which was very well attended. We plan to arrange surgeries in the villages during the forthcoming months. Dates and venues will be advertised on PC Spalding’s Police Scotland twitter page @KinrossPC or

It has been good to get out and about on foot in the local community, with several foot patrols being carried out in Kinross, Minathort and Glenfarg. Complaints of youths causing minor vandalisms in the Glenfarg area are being reported. Please, if local to the village, ensure your children are not involved. Areas of damage were Arngask School, after school times.

The foot patrols in Kinross are always good to speak with some local celebrities in Kinross, namely Nancy Wilson who has worked from many a moon in the Co-op (and formerly David Sands). Mr Winton always has a smile on his face and a good greeting for the officers when popping past Hunters the butcher. Davy has worked there for 33 years, man and boy. Dougie and I had the pleasure of bumping into Mrs McBain who showed us the Provost’s lamp outside her house. It is always great to get the chance to stop and have a blether with the locals; we even bumped into now retired local bobby Ronnie Child.

Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams
What is Identity Fraud? Criminals may seek to obtain information which personally identifies you and ‘steal’ your identity to commit fraud. All kinds of personal information can be of use to criminals including your name, address, national insurance number, credit card number or any other financial account information.
In what ways can thieves steal an identity?

Identity thieves work in a number of ways including:
• Stealing items: They may steal your purse or wallet, mail, cheques or credit or debit cards.
• Searching bins: To find bills or other paper with your personal information on it.
• Card skimming: To steal credit or debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card.
• Using false pretences: Obtaining your personal information by acting as someone they’re not.
• Phishing: Pretending to be financial institutions or companies and send emails, spam or pop-up messages to get you to reveal your personal information.
• Diversion: Diverting your billing statements to another location or person by completing a change of name and address form.

How can I spot an online scam and protect myself?
There are a number of simple steps you can take:
• Take a few moments to check through transactions on your bank statements.
• If you spot anything unusual or suspicious, contact the bank directly to establish fraud at an early stage. If you are expecting correspondence from your bank and it doesn’t arrive, contact the bank immediately to inform them of your concerns.
• If you move house, tell your bank and credit card company immediately.
• Royal Mail offers a redirection service to help prevent identity fraud when you move house.
• Regularly get a copy of your personal credit file from a credit reference agency.
• Cancel any lost or stolen cards.
• If your passport or driving licence has been lost or stolen, contact the organisation that issued it.
• Don’t use the same password for more than one account and never use banking passwords on other websites. Avoid using your mother’s maiden name or dates of birth as passwords.
• NEVER give bank details to anyone unless you know and trust them and even then be cautious.
How should I store and dispose of my personal documents? All kinds of mail that you receive will contain information you would not wish to share with a stranger:
• Don’t leave personal documents lying around for anyone to access; keep them in a safe place.
• Don’t put mail containing any personal information out for recycling or in your wheelie bin with your normal household rubbish.
• If you are not filing personal documents then destroy them, including all household utility bills, bank statements and credit card bills.
How should I act at a Cash Machine?
• Memorise your PIN; never write it down. Shield the keypad when entering it.
• If you spot any camera or suspicious device attached to a cash machine, DO NOT USE IT. Contact the bank as soon as you are able, preferably at the time.
• Immediately report a card which has been confiscated by a cash machine and, if you can, don’t leave the machine – use your mobile to call the bank immediately.
• Never rely on a stranger to help retrieve a confiscated card or assist you at a cash machine.

What else can I do that will help protect me from Bogus Phone Callers? Fraudsters can also make contact with you by phone. The caller might pretend to be from your bank and ask for personal information such as bank details or they might be someone offering you a deal or a prize.
• Consider making your phone number ex-directory.
• Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to.
• Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone.
• NEVER tell somebody your bank PIN, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information.
• Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable.
• Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Contact local Trading Standards – they may be able to use approved ‘call blocking’ technology.

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Nicky Forrester.
Community officers for Kinross-shire: PC Atholl Spalding and PC Douglas Stapleton.

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