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Recruiting
Ever thought about a career in Police Scotland? We are recruiting now for Constables and Special Constables. Go to www.scotland.police.uk for more information on all roles.
The Special Constabulary is an effective means in which local communities can be represented within the police service. As a fully trained volunteer with police powers, you can add real value by supporting the regular police service. It’s important that our Special Constables are of the same standard as that expected of our regular officers.

Protecting Heating Oil and Diesel

As the price of crude oil rises, fuel oil tanks can be seen as rich and easy pickings by thieves. This means that farms, transport depots and domestic properties can be targeted, particularly in more rural locations. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect your oil. If you require any further information regarding this issue or have information regarding oil or diesel theft, please get in touch on 101 Non Emergency Number.

Ten Top tips to protect your tank
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  1. Lock your gates. The simple act of keeping your drive gates closed and securely locked can prevent a theft. Ensure gates and fences are in good repair.
  2. Disguise your tank. Consider fencing, trellis and defensive planting (hostile, thorny shrubs such as Pyracantha, Berberis, Climbing Rose and Hawthorn.)
  3. Create obstacles. Plant pots etc can be placed in the path of potential intruders who will make noise and waste time moving the items. Remove and secure any tools or ladders that could be used as an aid to crime.
  4. Limit the quantity of fuel in your tank. Full tanks are a more popular target.
  5. Lock your tank. Use a good quality, alarmed padlock or install lockable caps with crop proof fittings. Where possible, fit hardened flexible casings to any vulnerable fuel hoses so that they are harder to cut.
  6. Fit a ‘level gauge’ with audible alarm which should sound if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops, or falls below a certain point.
  7. Install security lighting and CCTV. Lights can not only warn you of an intruder but also alert neighbours.
  8. Install a tank cage or guard. This is particularly important if you have already suffered a fuel theft. These welded cages offer the best protection while still allowing tanker access. Although this solution may seem expensive, when weighed up against the cost of lost fuel and/or a new tank that may be damaged during fuel theft, it can prove more cost effective in the long term.
  9. Site your tank cleverly. If you have cause to re-site your tank or are installing a tank for the first time, ensure that it is placed in a secure location - visible from your home and surrounding properties but not from the road.

10. Don’t leave scrap metal in view. By removing any scrap from the view of potential offenders, you can avoid drawing attention to your property or your fuel tank.

The Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry (OFTEC) offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil on their premises. There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you. They can be reached at www.oftec.org.uk or by calling 0845 6585 080. They also produce an ‘Easy guide to domestic oil storage’ which is very straightforward and useful. It may be possible to include heating oil and diesel on your insurance. Contact your insurer for details.

Identity Theft
Identity theft is when criminals get hold of your personal details and use them to open bank accounts, get credit cards, loans or state benefits in your name.
To stop identity theft you need to:
• Burn or shred all old documents, including bank or credit card statements, passports, driving licences and household bills.
• Check your statements carefully and report any unusual transactions immediately.
• Immediately report a lost or stolen passport, driving licence or credit card to the organisation that issued it.
• Get a copy of your personal credit report from one of the major credit reference agencies. This will help you to find out if someone else is applying for credit in your name.
• If you move house, inform your bank, credit card companies and all other agencies with which you do business. Royal Mail has a redirection service, which you may consider using to ensure your post arrives at your new address. However, if you suspect your mail is being stolen then contact the Royal Mail Customer Enquiry line: 08457 740 740.
• Never give personal or account details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly, either by phone, post, email or in person.
• If you use the internet, always use a different password for each account. Do not use family names or dates of birth as passwords, as these can be easily guessed.
If you receive an email requesting your personal banking details, contact the banking industry to make sure it is not a scam.


Stay Safe Online

Only send your personal details to secure websites starting with ‘https’ in your web browser address bar, instead of the usual ‘http’. Secure websites will also have a padlock sign, which is usually displayed in the bottom right of your web browser.
Never give out your security details. Emails asking for your password or PIN could be from criminals ‘phishing’ for your details.
Sometimes fraudsters can redirect you from a genuine website to their fake, lookalike site to ‘pharm’ (capture) your details. Check the address bar in your web browser and only send your details to secure sites that you know are genuine.

Shrug Off Shoulder Surfers
Sometimes people stand too close when you are using the cash machine. If this happens, cup your hand over the keypad to avoid someone behind seeing your PIN.


Police Scotland, local community

Telephone: 101 for non emergencies.
The community officer for Kinross-shire is Sadie Allan, email: taysidekinross-shireCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
The Community Sergeant for Kinross, Auchterarder and Crieff is Geoff Goodison,
email: geoffrey.goodison@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This telephone number 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.