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Crime Prevention Advice

Police Scotland is urging residents in Perth and Kinross to review security measures within and around their homes and outbuildings following recent reports of break-ins to houses and sheds in the last few weeks.
Beware the opportunist thief as they will take every opportunity to exploit poor security at and around people’s homes. Very often it is the simplest security measures that can make the difference and stop crime from happening in the first place. First and foremost, lock front and back doors, as well as windows, even when at home and especially overnight.
It is recommended that householders leave a light on if they are unlikely to be home before dark, or use a timer switch to ensure that the lights come on as dusk falls.
Nowadays, it is common for people to store expensive goods and equipment in their sheds, garages and outbuildings – which is precisely why householders should take steps to ensure their belongings are safe and make life as hard as possible for the opportunist thief. Tools and ladders and even garden furniture should also be put away and never left out for thieves to steal, or even use to commit crime.
Be a good neighbour and look out for any suspicious activity within your community. Look out for other people living around you, particularly older or vulnerable neighbours.
Tell the police immediately if you have any reason to be suspicious about any persons or vehicles. Along with community safety wardens, our officers regularly carry out high visibility patrols across the county. They will respond to ongoing incidents and react to information passed to them by the public. We would urge residents to report crime when they see it happening, or where they have suspicions that something is going on.
Some points to consider:
• Ensure that keys are not left within door locks.
• Consider getting a house alarm fitted or using an existing one.
• Mark all valuables with a UV pen with the relevant postcode and house number. If stolen items are recovered by the police, it is much easier to return them to the owner if this has been done.

Police Reports to Community Councils
Some advice and information given to some or all of the local CCs in December and January is as follows:
Home security: Police reminded CCs about securing property. There had been a number of break-ins to property, particularly sheds and garages with power tools and gardening equipment targeted. See main feature on this page for advice.
Thefts from roofs: There have been thefts of roofing materials across Tayside.
Counterfeit notes: In December, the Police reported that counterfeit Clydesdale Bank £10 and £20 notes were in circulation. Members of the public should check their change and if uncertain should take notes to a bank to be scanned. Counterfeit notes are thicker than genuine notes and have a waxy feel.
Drink-driving: CCs were reminded of the new legislation. Two local drivers had been found to be over the new limit during the festive campaign.

Police Scotland, local community
Telephone: 101 for non emergencies.
The community officer for Kinross-shire
is Sadie Allan. Email:

The Community Sergeant for Kinross, Auchterarder and Crieff is Sandra Williams.

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.