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The dark nights are well and truly with us. A high value quad bike
was stolen from Path of Condie recently. The good news is a DNA
hit has given us a positive line of enquiry, so hopefully it will
be detected soon. Here is some advice re quad bike (and other plant)
• Do NOT leave keys with bikes. Keep them in a secure place,
away from where bikes are stored.
• If you are using a chain, buy the best you can afford.
• Use chains to link several items together; this will make
it more difficult for a would-be thief.
• If possible, secure the chain to a hook or eye set into
a concrete floor or bolted to a wall.
• Buy a good quality, close-shackled padlock, as they are
more difficult to cut.
• Consider a padlock alarm system which will activate if the
chain or padlock are tampered with. Padlock alarms and chains can
be purchased for under £20 and will sound an alarm in the
region of 130 decibels when activated. Use in conjunction with a
good quality chain and close-shackled padlock. This may be enough
to alert you or deter them from continuing with the theft.
• Consider measures that you can take to disable the bike
so that it cannot be started and driven off.
• Fit a padlock alarm to the door of any outbuilding used
to store quads or other plant.
Scams and Cons
Scams on the elderly have been on the increase. Here’s some
advice to keep safe and aware of the scams involved.
Prize draws, sweepstakes and Lotteries: You’re told that you’ve
won a “guaranteed” prize; you just have to pay a “processing”
or “administration” fee or order a product to get your
prize. You’re told to respond quickly. Forget it – you’d
be paying to enter a prize draw with very little chance of winning
and any prizes are of far less value than what you pay out.
Advance Fee Scam: You are offered a huge payment
if you help the sender get money out of a foreign country but you
have to make one or more payments in advance for “security”
or “administrative” purposes. Ignore it – you
would never see your money again, far less profit from a share of
the huge payment on offer.
PPI: You are told that you are entitled to PPI
compensation but first you have to pay a fee, payable in iTunes
vouchers or agree to a percentage of the proceeds. Don’t fall
for it – any entitlement to PPI compensation can be checked
directly with the bank from which the loan was obtained and any
compensation due is paid by the bank without any fee.
Microsoft: You are contacted by someone pretending
to be from Microsoft saying you have a virus on your computer. They
will “fix” the problem if they can get remote access
to your computer, supposedly installing anti-virus software and
charging you for this non-existent service. Never let anyone you
don’t know and trust have access to your computer.
“Team Viewer” App: You are contacted
and persuaded to download a “Team Viewer” App. If you
do, this will give the fraudster access to your computer. A resident
in Rattray was defrauded out of £5,000 in this way. Don’t
fall for it.
BT/Inland Revenue: You are advised that you are
due a refund. All they need is your bank account details. Don’t
believe it – no reputable organisation would approach you
in this way.
Bank: You are contacted by someone pretending to
be from your bank, asking you to update or confirm your details
or saying that you have been a victim of fraud. You are asked to
disclose your personal information, password or PIN. Don’t
do it – such information would enable the scammer to raid
your bank account. Never disclose your PIN.
Investment Opportunities, Miracle Health Cures, Clairvoyants
& Psychics: All offering to change your life! Don’t
be fooled. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
To report a suspected scam, please phone Citizens Advice Consumer
Service on 03454 040506 or PKC Trading Standards 01738 476476. If
you have been a victim of fraud, report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk/reportfraud
or phone Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or Police Scotland on 101.
School visits: On a lighter note, Dougie and Atholl
had the pleasure of attending Kinross Primary, giving inputs to
the P7 classes into the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. They
also attended Arngask Primary 3 and visited the Kinross Primary
nursery. This time next month the new Kinross Primary should be
open; good luck to everyone with the new school.
New Kinross Community Sergeant: Sgt Robert Hogg has taken over from
Sgt Forrester and is settling into his new role. He has recently
transferred to this Division after serving his career with Forth
Valley Police and being based at the Scottish Police College. He
hopes to get out and about in the community in the next few weeks
and is keen to attend forthcoming CC meetings to introduce himself.
Anyone wishing to pop in to the Kinross office for a chat with Sergeant
Hogg is more than welcome.
Season’s Greetings: The Kinross Policing Community team would
like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas
and a happy new year; enjoy and stay safe.
Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies
Community officers for Kinross-shire: PC Atholl Spalding and PC
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Robert Hogg.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan &
Carse of Gowrie, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase.
Ways of following the Police:
Receive email alerts about criminal incidents in your area, crime
prevention advice, flood alerts and much more by signing up to Perth
and Kinross Community Watch. The range of information received can
be tailored individually; each person signing up can choose which
partner agencies they would like to receive messages from. Visit
this website for more details: www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This is a free phone number (unless you are using a mobile phone),
which any member of the public can contact at any time if you have
information relating to a criminal activity of any sort. It is,
if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted if you choose
to remain anonymous.