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Perth and Kinross Local Area Commander’s Bulletin
30th June 2016
80,000 items handed into lost property in past year
A wedding dress and an ornamental stone are just two of the 80,000 items of lost property which have been handed into Police Scotland in the past year. As well as seeking the owners of these unusual items, officers within the Lost Property Department have recently reunited an urn containing ashes to its owners. The wedding dress was handed into the Glasgow office and the ornamental stone arrived at Dumfries by members of the public who found them. If items are not claimed within three months most are sent to the monthly Police Scotland auction. However, bicycles which can be mended and re-cycled are given to dozens of different charities across the country including: The Coming Home charity, which involves ex-servicemen in community projects, Bikes for Africa, and Recycle to Cycle. Angela Blair, National Productions Manager for Police Scotland said: “We would encourage anyone who has lost an item to use our online form to report lost property. The information you provide is checked against the found property we have and owners contacted if there is a match. We have been able to reunite many owners this way. “Any item with a serial number can be registered for free at www.immobilise.com. The lost property form is on the Police Scotland website. Simply click on contact us, report lost property. Police Scotland warn the public about phone scams
Police Scotland is encouraging the public to be vigilant of telephone fraudsters who are targeting people over the phone and trying to con them out of their life savings.
Police Scotland is urging people to take steps to avoid becoming a victim:
Be aware that fraudsters often use techniques to hold your phone line open, so that when you try to dial out to verify the caller, they intercept and re-answer the call, claiming to be from the company / organisation that made the original call.
To ensure that your phone has not been compromised, we recommend using a different phone line to verify the caller. Where a second phone line is not available, try calling a family or friend on the line first, as the fraudster will find it difficult to impersonate a voice that is known to you.
Never disclose your PIN or online / telephone banking or log-in information or card reader codes to anyone, even if the caller claims to be from the bank or police. Remember, banks NEVER call and ask you to disclose these security details.
If you receive a call requesting your PIN, card details or online / telephone banking log-in information, end the call immediately.
If you receive a suspicious or unexpected call, always verify the caller by taking their phone number and getting it checked independently.
Ensure elderly relatives and neighbours are aware of the fraud and crime prevention advice.
Report any suspicious phone calls to police straight away on 101.
On 4th January 2016 a high value theft occurred at the ATM located at the premise occupied by Cooperative Retail Services, Argyll Road, Perth. Following a day of enforcement across Merseyside on 28th June, ten males were arrested in relation to the ATM attacks across the U.K., including Perth. All males will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday 30th June charged with Conspiracy to Commit Explosion and Commercial Burglary.
Over the past few weeks a number of counterfeit Bank of England £50 notes were tendered at local shops within the Perth & Kinross area. A 50 year old male has been charged with Forgery and Counterfeit Currency offences and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Shop keepers are reminded to remain vigilant when presented with Bank of England £50 notes.
About 11am Tuesday 28th June, a Drug Search Warrant was executed at an address in Wallace Gait, Perth, where police officers from the Community Impact Unit recovered Cocaine to the illicit street value of £420. A twenty two year old female was arrested in connection with drug related offences and will appear at Perth Sheriff Court, Perth, in due course.
About 11am Saturday 25th June, Roads Policing Officers had cause to stop a car in Main Road, Luncarty, where an amount of herbal Cannabis was seized to the illicit street value of £230. A thirty eight year old male was arrested and charged with drug related offences and will appear at Perth Sheriff Court in due course.
On Thursday 23rd June, a resident from Pitlochry was the victim of a telephone scam whereby a fraudster contacted the victim pertaining to be from BT. Bank account details were obtained from the victim and the fraudster thereafter remotely accessed the victim’s bank account and fraudulently withdrew a large sum of money. Please inform your friends and neighbours to remain vigilant of anyone who contacts them looking for bank account details and the safety steps that should be taken to protect themselves, which are detailed in the section above, ‘Police Scotland warn the public about phone scams’.
On Tuesday 28th June, an elderly resident from Coppice Drive, Scone, was the target of Bogus Workmen. Police were made aware that the Bogus Workmen were at the address and attended where two males aged twenty four and twenty five years were traced. Both males will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for committing Fraud. I would urge anyone who has close contact with potential victims - older relatives, friends and neighbours - to watch out for suspicious callers or people at their doors. Doorstep crime affects some of the most vulnerable members of our society, with perpetrators often targeting victims due to their age. People have the right to feel safe in their own homes, and I can’t stress enough that bogus callers and doorstep criminals will not be tolerated.
Between 4pm and midnight Thursday 23rd June, an attempt was made to break into a property in Inchaffray Street, Perth.
At 3am Sunday 26th June, an attempt was made to break into the premise occupied by ALDI Stores, Glasgow Road, Perth.
Between 7.30pm Tuesday 21st and 7pm Thursday 23rd June, a property situated between Dron Farm and North of Flocklon, near Longforgan, was subject to a break in and property stolen.
Overnight on Monday 20th June, a blue Renault Clio car had its number plate and Renault manufacturers badge stolen whilst parked in the estate grounds of Keillour Castle, Methven.
Between 8pm and 11pm Wednesday 22nd June, an Ifor Williams double axel trailer was stolen from the A827 Kenmore to Killin road opposite Balnearn Farm, Aberfeldy.
During the day on Wednesday 22nd June, a red Volkswagen UP car had all panels vandalised whilst parked in Staffa Court, Perth.
Between 6pm Thursday 9th and 8.30am Sunday 19th June, a substantial amount of damage was caused to a caravan within the grounds of Oakbank Mill, Oakbank Road, Blairgowrie.
Overnight on Wednesday 22nd June, damage was caused to patio doors of a property in Nellfield Road, Crieff.
Between 3.45pm and 5pm Wednesday 22nd June, a silver Ford Focus car was vandalised whilst parked within the car park of the premise occupied by Bannatyne’s Health Club, St Catherine’s Retail Park, Perth.
Overnight on Wednesday 22nd June, gardening tools were stolen from a greenhouse in the rear garden of a property in Nimmo Place, Perth.
Between 5pm Friday 24th and 7am Saturday 25th June, damage was caused to the door of the premise occupied by MacDonald Butchers, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry.
At 3pm Tuesday 21st June, a high valued ring was stolen from the premise occupied by Cairncross of Perth, St John Street, Perth. The identity is sought of a male, dark coloured skin possibly of middle Eastern origin, aged approximately fifty years, medium build, wearing a dark blue jacket, light coloured shirt, cream trousers and black, and of a female of the same origin, aged approximately thirty years, wearing a dark jacket, light coloured skirt, faded jeans and distinctive silver training shoes.
Between 4pm and 5.30pm Tuesday 28th June, a grey Audi A3 car was damaged whilst parked in South Street, Milnathort.
About 6.45pm Saturday 25th June, an orange Mini car was vandalised and seven other vehicles had their aerials stolen whilst parked in Brahan Terrace, Perth. Two white European males, one aged approximately thirty years, wearing jeans with bare chest, and another aged approximately forty years wearing a grey sweatshirt, were seen near to the vehicles at the time the damage and thefts occurred.
Just after midnight on Sunday 26th June, a white Ford Focus car and a white Vauxhall Astra car were damaged whilst parked in Main Street, Bankfoot. An Eastern European male, slim build, 5’11’’ tall, wearing a light coloured hooded top, was seen in the vicinity at the time the damage was caused.
Between noon on Friday 17th and 6.30pm Thursday 23rd June, a parking meter located in St Kessog Square, Drummond Street, Comrie, was broken into and money stolen from within.
At 1.30pm Friday 24th June, a green Ford Focus car had all panels scratched whilst parked in Church Street, Milnathort. Two schoolboys approximately thirteen years of age were seen in the vicinity at the time the damaged occurred.
Between 8am and 5pm Thursday 23rd June, a black and red Vanguard mountain bike was stolen from within a common close in Myrtle Park, Blairgowrie.
At 4.30pm Wednesday 29th June, entry was gained to the grounds of the private football park, Foxhill, Forfar Road, Coupar Angus, and damage caused to garden furniture and a metal gate. Male youths approximately sixteen years of age were seen within the vicinity at the time the damage was discovered.
About 2am Monday 27th June, two vehicles, a blue Ford Fiesta and a Bailey motor home were vandalised within the forecourt of the premises occupied by Struan Motors, Crieff Road, Perth. A slim built male wearing dark clothing and a dark hooded top, was seen within the vicinity at the time the damage was caused.
Between 6pm Monday 27th and 8am Tuesday 28th June, an attempt was made to break into farm buildings in Glendevon.
If anyone has information regarding any of these crimes I would ask that they contact Police on 101, or, should they wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Chief Inspector Local Area Commander Perth and Kinross