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Perth and Kinross Local Area Commanders Bulletin

Alert message sent 30/09/2021 10:39:00

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Wednesday 29th September 2021

Identity Theft

Identity theft is when criminals get access to someone's personal information. They then use it to steal their identity.

They could then pretend to open bank accounts, get credit cards, loans and mortgages or to claim benefits. They could even take over someone's accounts and change the address.

They can steal someone's name and reputation. Then can use this to make money.

How the fraudsters operate

Here are a few ways which these criminals work:

They search through rubbish to find bills or bank statements
They target flats where shared mail boxes make theft easier
They bribe or rob postal workers or purchase the information from other criminals
They search through unattended bags.

Warning signs

There are a number of warning signs to look out for: 

If you get bills or invoices for goods you have not ordered

If you get collection letters for debt that isn't yours

There are transactions on your bank or credit card statements that you do not recognise

Important documents such as your passport or driving licence may have been stolen.

Take action

There are a number of steps you can take to avoid falling victim to identity theft:

Keep all your important documents safe and secure

When using a credit or debit card, make sure it’s never out of your sight

Cash machines may have been tampered with. Your cards could be skimmed and cloned

Never give out your personal details when you’re contacted by phone, fax, post or email

Always offer to ring back any suspicious callers but check the phone number you are given

When throwing out documents which contain personal information try to shred them so that nobody could read your personal details

Always check your bank and credit card statements. Report any transactions you don’t recognise, even small amounts

Close all accounts you no longer need

Move your mail when moving home by arranging with the post office to forward your mail to your new address

Get organisations to send to your new address.

If you think you’re a victim

If you think you might be a victim of identity theft, don’t delay:

Contact your bank or building society

Keep a record of all communication

Report the matter to the police and note the crime reference number

Request a copy of your credit report (such as Equifax or Experian) - you can ask for incorrect information to be removed.

A 37 year old man was arrested for robbery in Tulloch Square, Perth on Saturday 25th September.

A 37 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for reckless conduct for throwing a glass framed picture out of a 3rd story window in Canal Street, Perth on Saturday 25th September. Thankfully no one was injured as a result of his actions.

A 46 year old man was arrested for being drunk in charge of a vehicle in Atholl Road, Pitlochry on Monday 20th September.

A 32 year old man was arrested for possession of a bladed article in Skelton Road, Methven on Wednesday 22nd September.

A 37 year old man was arrested and remanded in custody for breaking into Strathearn Pharmacy, King Street, Crieff on Saturday 25th September

During the last week 2 drivers were found to be without insurance, 3 had no licence and 1 had no MOT.


About 10:40pm, Saturday 18th September, a bike wheel and seat were stolen from a bike outside Bells Sports Centre, Hay Street, Perth. (CR/27266/21)

Between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th September, a property in Tweedsmuir Road, Perth was broken into. (CR/27274/21)

Overnight on Thursday 23rd September, a white Renault Master Pick-up was broken into in Eastbank Place, Longforgan. (CR/27094/21)

Between 10pm and 10:20pm, Wedneday 22nd September, a caravan window was smashed in Tulliebelton Road, Bankfoot. (CR/26862/21)

Overnight on Sunday 19th September, a Dacia Duster was damaged whilst parked at Royal Hotel, Allan Street, Blairgowrie. (CR/26820/21)

Between 6:30pm, Friday 17th and 12pm, Saturday 18th September 3 tyres on a black Vauxhall Corsa were punctured whilst the car was parked in Duchlage Road, Crieff. (CR/26748/21)

About 10:40pm, Wednesday 22nd September, a male was seen stealing a grey Carrera Pedal Bike from a garden in Lathro Court, Kinross. He is described as a white male, approx. 5ft 6, slim build, wearing black trousers, a light coloured top and a black beanie hat with a red flame outline on it. (CR/26779/21)
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.
Graham Binnie.
Chief Inspector                             
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross

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