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Vulnerable Neighbours
7/15/2021 11:37:42 AM

Please look out for vulnerable neighbours.
To prevent scammers knocking on your door, you can request a No Cold Calling sticker from your local Trading Standards office or from Trading Standards Scotland. If an uninvited trader ignores the sticker, they may be committing an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself:
✅ Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly
✅ Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing to immediate work or buying a product or service
✅ Don’t agree to buy from the first person who calls
✅ Don’t pay cash up front and don't offer to go and get money
✅ Shop around if you decide you need work done
✅ Never let people persuade you to let them into your home – they may not be genuine
✅ If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and get a friend or family member to be with you
✅ Report them
If you have concerns about a purchase that you have made, contact Police Scotland on 101 and Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000. If you feel uncomfortable or suspicious about a cold caller in your local area, phone Police Scotland on 101.
Vehicle Crime
7/15/2021 11:30:47 AM

Due to a significant rise in vehicle crime Neighbourhood Watch Scotland is supporting Police Scotland in their Vehicle Crime campaign to help reduce the opportunities for criminals throughout Scotland.
Here are some tips to help secure your motor vehicles:
🚗 If you have a garage use it and lock it. If you have gates ensure these are locked. Consider using an alarm for your garage and gates.
🚗 Leaving items on show is an invitation – Mobile phones, electronic equipment, coins, sunglasses, tools, clothing and bags should be removed from the vehicle or placed in the boot.
🚗 Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe and out of sight and reach – a common way to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home through housebreaking.
🚗 Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended – on the drive, the petrol station forecourt or when parking. An unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from. When away from home, consider using a Park Mark approved car park.
🚗 Fit theft resistant number plate fittings – stolen number plates are commonly used to hide the identity of stolen vehicles. Use one-way clutch head screws to secure plates.
🚗 Use a steering wheel lock and/or a lock that fits over the gear lever. Alternatively, a security box can be fitted over the pedals to prevent thefts when the vehicle is parked up.
🚗 Double check: Listen out for the sound of your doors locking, lights flashing and/or mirrors closing. If you don’t hear or see this make sure to double check.
🚗 Fit an additional external lock to the rear and side doors of the van.
Door step Callers
7/15/2021 11:26:05 AM

We are urging residents to be vigilant of doorstep callers offering home improvement works.
These callers will often use persuasive or aggressive tactics to get householders to agree to have work done, then charge far more than was quoted for poor quality work. They also often fail to provide a legally required cancellation notice which enables the householder to cancel the work within a statutory fourteen day cooling off period.
For any home improvement work, our advice is to always use a Trusted Trader. Using a Trusted Trader means that you can be sure the business is legitimate and operating legally. You can also view feedback given to the business by previous customers. https://crowd.in/c4AF3I
If you have been called in this way and require further advice, or simply want to report the matter, please contact Trading Standards via Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000, or via the ‘Report It’ button on the Dumfries and Galloway Council Website: https://crowd.in/or6llw
Alternatively, you can contact us on 101.
Vehicle Security and Crime Prevention
7/8/2021 3:17:34 PM

Following recent incidents in a variety of our rural communities where person/s have entered insecure vehicles and stolen items from within, and in some circumstances stolen the vehicle, Police Scotland are urging members of the public to remain vigilant around securing vehicles.
Remove or conceal all valuables that may be on display in your vehicle. Where possible, park up in a well-lit area which has surveillance from occupied properties. Please remember to lock the vehicle and keep the keys in a safe and secure place within your household that cannot be seen from doorways or windows. If the key is a ‘smart’ or passive key (contactless) please ensure that it is stored in a Faraday Pouch or signal blocking container kept in a safe and secure place away from windows and doors.  
Vehicles that are not fitted with an electronic ignition immobiliser, can be secured with a steering lock or pedal clamp.
The same principal applies to agricultural vehicles and plant, in addition, consider the use of hydraulic locks for plant / Agricultural equipment, or Block Stem locks which are fitted to exposed steering rams. These vehicles should be registered with the CESAR scheme and where appropriate a tracking device fitted.
Theft of quad bikes and lightweight utility vehicles has also increased. When not in use these should be parked up where they can be easily observed from occupied premises, the keys removed and immobilised as best as possible. These should also be registered in the CESAR scheme and where appropriate a tracking device can be installed.
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