Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st January 2018

Date of publication

1st March 2018

POLICE BOX JUNE 2014

Bogus callers/workmen

These are people who use distraction techniques to preoccupy a victim and steal from their home. This could be someone asking to use the bathroom or telephone or for a drink of water. Whilst the occupier's back is turned, the thief will steal whatever they can find. Bogus callers may also pretend to be a utility worker or tradesman to gain access to a property.

Bogus Workmen are different from bogus callers as they will carry out general maintenance work which is often shoddy or not completed. They will then charge an excessive amount for the work carried out. They may also ask for the money up front under the pretence of purchasing building materials. After the money is received they will not return to the premises and the work is left undone.

Bogus callers are very sophisticated and are very skilled at deception. They will use a number of ways to try and gain entry to your home to steal and trick you out of money.

As well as workmen or sales people, bogus callers can also pretend to be someone in need of help. If somebody calls at your door looking for help, be careful as they may not be genuine. If you're not sure who they are or you live alone don't let them into your home.

"  Use the door viewer when answering the door.

"  Check identification badges of anyone calling at your door.

"  If you have a password with a company make sure the caller uses it.

"  Never let people try to persuade you to let them into your home. If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and arrange for a friend or family member to be with you.

"  Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door.

"  Don't keep large amounts of money in your home.

"  If the person refuses to leave your door, dial 999 and ask for the police.

Keep the caller out of your house or ask them to leave and call the police immediately. You might also want to try to alert a family member or attract a neighbour's attention but you should always contact the police first by dialling 999. The police would much rather attend a false alarm than have someone fall victim to a bogus caller.

Recent crimes/issues in the area:

Crimes/Incidents of note

One report of possible poaching in Pitmedden Forest at the end of March - if anyone has any information about the individuals carrying this out or vehicles they are using, please contact the police

For information

Few recent incidents of heavy plant machinery being stolen from farms across Perthshire such as tractors, forklift trucks and trailers - it is highly likely that large transporters are being used to move the vehicles so if you see such vehicles parked in suspicious circumstances, please contact the police immediately

There have been a few incidents of heating oil being stolen again from domestic and commercial premises - it is good practice to secure your tank, ideally with a closed shackle good quality padlock which makes it very difficult to cut.

Also there have been charity collectors going round looking for people to sign up for charity contributions - the majority of those individuals will be genuine, however just think very carefully before handing out bank or personal details and ensure you know exactly what you are signing for.