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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:
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.
Disguise your tank. Consider fencing, trellis and defensive planting
(hostile, thorny shrubs such as Pyracantha, Berberis, Climbing
Rose and Hawthorn.)
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.
Limit the quantity of fuel in your tank. Full tanks are a more
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.
a ‘level gauge’ with audible alarm which should sound
if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops, or falls below a
Install security lighting and CCTV. Lights can not only warn you
of an intruder but also alert neighbours.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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
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.