1st November 2017
Bonfire Night is fast approaching. Did you know that the misuse of fireworks could result in a criminal record?
- You could get a fine of up to £5000
- You could face up to 6 months in prison
More info about fireworks and the law at www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/fireworks-safety/fireworks-and-the-law.aspx
Remember, remember to keep safe this fifth of November!
Please make the most of organised firework displays locally. They’re cheaper, much more spectacular than ‘do it yourself at home’ versions, and, most importantly, a lot safer.
Find details of your nearest official display by visiting your local council’s website.
In the meantime, check out the following websites for lots of useful advice:
Bonfire safety advice from our colleagues at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/fireworks-safety.aspx
Info about fireworks and the law:
Familiarise yourself with the Firework Code at www.saferfireworks.com
SCAMS AND CONS
Cathy Marshall, Secretary of the Pitlochry & District Neighbourhood Watch, has put together a list of common scams, several of those listed I have previously warned Perth & Kinross residents about this year.
Below is the list of scams Cathy has compiled. I hope you will find it useful and that it will help prevent you and other Perth & Kinross residents becoming victims of these scammers.
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 Citizen 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.
About 2.30pm on Tuesday 24th October a farmer caught a loose dog worrying sheep on a farm near Blairgowrie. Dogs chasing sheep can cause serious damage or injury. Even if the dog doesn’t catch them, the stress caused by fleeing dogs can kill sheep. In some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their livestock. I would like to remind dog owners to ensure their pets are kept under close control or on a leash, particularly when they are around livestock.
Between 3.30pm and 8pm on Tuesday 24th October a house on Burnhead Road, Blairgowrie was broken into and jewellery and money was stolen. (CR/27788/17)
Hanging basket displays on Blairgowrie Bridge, Boat Brae, Blairgowrie were damaged when seven 8’ poles were unbolted and thrown in the river between Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd October. (CR/27991/17)
A metal, heating oil, fuel tank was stolen from a cottage on Parkhead Road, Blairgowrie between 1st and 26th October. (CR/28388/17)
An outhouse at The Farmhouse, Bridgend of Ruthven, Meigle was broken into between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday 28th October and two lawnmowers and a strimmer were stolen. (CR/28235/17)
A shed at Coupar Grange House, Coupar Angus was broken into overnight on Friday 27th October and two chainsaws, two strimmer’s, a compressor, three angle grinders and an outboard motor were stolen. (CR/28141/17)
Whilst a council employee was cutting grass in Davidson Park, Coupar Angus an opportunist thief stole his green metal fuel canister containing fuel. (CR/28167/17)
A silver Ford Galaxy had the tyres vandalised whilst parked in Kings Road, Coupar Angus between Friday 27th and Monday 30th October. (CR/28368/17)
Between 25th and 28th October the parking meter at Ben Lawers Mountain Visitor Centre, Killin was broken into and money was stolen from the cash box. Money was also stolen from the leaflet dispenser and a USB stick stolen from the car counter system. (CR/28342/17)
Overnight on Thursday 26th October a thief entered the Perth & Kinross Refuse Site at Aldour Industrial Estate, Pitlochry and stole two televisions, two bicycles a wheelbarrow and a sack barrow. (CR/28082/17)
Between 6th and 23rd October a wooden shelter at Invergowrie Primary School was vandalised and graffiti was spray painted on it. (CR/27708/17)
About 500 litres of heating oil was stolen from a storage tank at a house on Willoughby Street, Muthill between the 15th and 31st October. (CR/28484/17)
A blue Skoda Fabia motor car was broken into whilst parked in Main Street, Bridge of Earn between Friday 27th and Sunday 29th October and a quantity of CD’s were stolen. (CR/28279/17)
A red Raleigh hybrid bicycle was stolen from the close at Church Buildings, South Street, Milnathort between 9am and 2pm on Tuesday 31st October. (CR/28472/17)
A grey BMW 220 motor car was vandalised in a driveway in Blairforge overnight on Saturday 27th October when a stone was thrown at it damaging the bodywork. (CR/28137/17)
A house in Birch Crescent, Scone was entered via an insecure window between 11.45am and 11.30pm on Wednesday 25th October. (CR/27921/17)
A window was damaged in Albert Road, Scone at 2am on Sunday 29th October. (CR/28196/17)
Between 28th and 30th October two bus stops were vandalised when glass panels were smashed. The bus stops were on Main Street, Bridgend and opposite the cemetery at Scone. (CR/28460/17 & CR/28461/17)
The construction site adjacent to the Crematorium, Crieff Road, Perth was broken into overnight on Thursday 26th October and construction tools were stolen including a Hilti circular saw, Hilti repeater, Makita impact driver, Makita power drill and chisels. (CR/28063/17)
The former Post office building, South Street, Perth was broken into overnight on Saturday 28th October and a Stihl circular saw was stolen. (CR/28226/17)
The rear windscreen of a blue Honda Stream motor car was damaged at 5pm on Saturday 28th October whilst parked in McKenzie Court, Perth. (CR/28189/17)
Between 1am and 4am on Saturday 28th October a window was damaged at a flat in Florence Place, Perth. (CR/28150/17)
A window was smashed at a house in Tweedsmuir Road, Perth about 5pm on Monday 30th October. (CR/28432/17)
As we approach the festive period, I would like to remind partygoers to ensure they keep an eye on their belongings as the first theft of a handbag was reported over the weekend in Perth. A woman placed her handbag on a table within a bar and turned to speak to a friend. A thief took the opportunity to steal the handbag whilst her back was turned. The handbag not only contained a quantity of money and bankcards but also a driver's licence and house keys. This has resulted in the additional cost of having to have door locks changed.
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
Your Community Policing Teams
PI Gordon Thomson
Blairgowrie & Glens
Carse of Gowrie
PI Jon Anton
Perth City North
Perth City South
Perth City Centre
PI Kevin Chase
Almond & Earn
PERTH - Sgt Gary Lamb
CRIEFF - Sgt Willie Ross
AUCHTERARDER - Sgt Marshall McKay
KINROSS - Sgt Robert Hogg
BLAIRGOWRIE - Sgt Nicky Forrester
PITLOCHRY - Sgt Caroline MacNaughton
Command Support Sergeant
Sgt David Patton
Sgt Stuart Watson
If you wish to make contact with any of these officers please use the following e-mail addresses: