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Quad bike security
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) security:
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• 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!

Reporting Scams
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.

Other news
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.


Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire: PC Atholl Spalding and PC Douglas Stapleton.
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Robert Hogg.
Email: taysidekinross-shireCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan & Carse of Gowrie, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase.

Ways of following the Police:
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