Monday 18th May marks the beginning of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week. This year, perhaps more than any other, it’s a time to consider the mental health and resilience of ourselves and others and the affect that the last couple of months have had on our communities.
The theme for this year is kindness; defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.
Research suggests that when you help others, it can promote physiological changes in the brain linked with happiness. And it can also be an antidote to isolation, creates a sense of belonging and can help reduce stress, bringing a fresh perspective and even deepening friendships.
I’m already aware of how many of our communities across the county have come together to make sure our most vulnerable are protected and to try and maintain the morale of everybody during these difficult times.
When we eventually do come out of lockdown I hope that people can continue to show the same resilience and fortitude which has been evident over the last weeks and use the opportunity to build kinder, more tolerant and compassionate communities.
Phone Scams during Lockdown
Fraud over the phone – or Vishing (combination of Voice and Phishing) – is when a fraudster calls claiming they’re from your bank or some other trusted organisation.
It is easy for them to convince you too, since they can fake the telephone number on the screen to match your local bank, fraud office or other organisation to make the call appear genuine.
They carry out some basic research to find out some of your basic bank and personal details.
Remember though, a genuine bank will NEVER ask you for personal or financial details like your PIN number or full banking password (even by tapping it into your phone keypad).
5 things to look out for on a scam phone call:
The caller doesn’t give you time to think, tries to stop you speaking to a family member or friend or is insistent and makes you feel uncomfortable.
The caller asks you to transfer money to a new account or to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping.
They phone to ask for your 4-digit card PIN or your online banking password. Even if they ask you to give it to them by tapping into the telephone keypad rather than saying the numbers out loud, this is a scam.
They may say that you are a victim of fraud and offer to send a courier to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book.
Inform you not to tell the cashier the reason for transferring / withdrawing the money as the staff at your bank are under investigation.
If you are in any doubt then please take 5 minutes to stop and think about it. If something feels wrong then you’re right to question it. Be confident and refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Hang up and, whilst using a different phone, contact the bank to ascertain whether they really have contacted you.
If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of this type of fraud then please contact the Police immediately.
On Friday 8th May a 36 year old male was arrested after being discovered within a flat at a sheltered home complex in Perth. The male was subsequently charged with being in a building with intent to steal.
A 47 year old male was reported to the procurator fiscal following a theft from the new Letham Primary School, Perth construction site.
On Friday 8th May a 59 year old male was charged with dangerous driving after riding a motorcycle at an excessive speed through the Letham area of Perth.
Over the last week 11 drivers were caught driving without having valid insurance for their vehicle.
Between Friday 1st and Tuesday 5th May the rear of a tipper truck was stolen from premises on Arran Rd, Perth (CR/11581/20)
About 2pm on Thursday 7th May a black Carrera Hybrid bike was stolen from a property on Argyll Rd, Perth (CR/11710/20)
Between Thursday 7th May and Saturday 9th May 2 windows were smashed at the Letham House Hotel, Huntingtower Rd, Perth (CR/12043/20)
About 7.30pm on Friday 8th May a property on Nimmo Place, Perth had a window smashed by unknown means. (CR/11823/20)
About 11pm on Friday 8th May a property on Newton Place, Perth had a number of windows and doors smashed. (CR/11763/20)
Between Friday 8th May and Monday 11th May stones were thrown at the front door of PKAVS Carers Centre, Lewis Place, Perth. (CR/11979/20)
Overnight on Sunday 10th May two Mercedes Sprinter vans were vandalised at a garage at the Rhynd, Perth. (CR/12105/20)
Overnight on Tuesday 5th May a silver Toyota Yaris motor car had its rear windscreen smashed and its bonnet dented on Burleigh Rd, Milnathort. (CR/11584/20)
Between Thursday 9th April and Sunday 26th April the tennis and cricket club, Taybridge Terrace, Aberfeldy had been spray-paint with the tag ‘FYT’. This is linked to previous instances around the town. (CR/11587/20)
Between Friday 1st and Friday 8th May a property in Balbeggie had 2 windows smashed and a door damaged. (CR/11813/20)
Between Monday 4th and Friday 8th May a red Fiat Punto motor vehicle, parked near the A90 turnoff at Invergowrie, had its front windows smashed. (CR/11899/20)
Between Thursday 7th May and Sunday 10th May a yellow & black sign was stolen from a forestry area behind a property on Main St, Inchture. (CR/12048/20)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
As we receive reports of crime, the information is shared on https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/
I would encourage you to sign up for notifications.
Guidance on how to protect your property is available via Community Watch as well as on the Police Scotland Website, just click or copy and paste the following links:-