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COMMUNITY COUNCIL POLICE REPORT

COMMUNITY COUNCIL POLICE REPORT

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First published 
Nov 25, 2021
First published 
Nov 25, 2021

COMMUNITY COUNCIL POLICE REPORT

Name of Community Council: Appin

Date of Report: 18th November 2021

Name of officer submitting: PC Faye Stewart

Contents: Crimes/Offences that have occurred since the last meeting Updates on any actions from previous meetings Local Police Plan 2020-23 Forthcoming events1. Crimes/Offences that have occurred since the last meeting Careless Driving At 6.10 pm on Friday 13th August at the A828, south of Creagan roundabout a report was made to Police in relation to a lorry having being driven without due care and attention and colliding with a stationary vehicle in front. Police attended at the scene and a man (56) was identified as responsible. He was subsequently charged with careless driving and a report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Dangerous Driving At 3.30 pm on Tuesday 7th September at the A828 near to Druim na Moina a report was made to Police in relation to an incident of dangerous driving whereby a motor vehicle had crossed the central reservation, causing a head on collision with an oncoming vehicle. Police attended at the scene and a woman (66) was identified as responsible. She was subsequently charged with careless driving and a report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Careless Driving At 11.50 am on Wednesday 1st September at the A828 near to Lurignich it is alleged that a motorist drove without reasonable consideration for other road users by overtaking cyclists too closely. A man (60) has been identified and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.2. Updates on any actions from previous meetings None of note 3. Local Police Plan 2020-23https://www.scotland.police.uk/spa-media/1nvfendn/argyll-bute-local-policing-plan2020-2023.pdfOban, Lorn & the Isles, Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islands is one of three command areas in Argyll& West Dunbartonshire Priorities The priorities for your area are decided by data from our strategic assessment which details threats and risks, and also from feedback from local authorities, partners, and residents in the Your Police Survey https://consult.scotland.police.uk/surveys/your-police-2020-2021/ Serious organised crime Acquisitive crime Road safety and road crime Violent crime Public protection You can read more information about how these priorities are decided and how officers work with the local council and partners to improve your community and address these issues, in the Argyll and Bute Local Policing Plan. Chief Inspector Marlene Baillie is the local area commander in charge of the response officers, community officers, and officers from the criminal investigation department working in the individual localities. They all respond to calls in the area and deal with local issues.

Oban North and Lorn (ObanNorthLornCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk)Oban South and the Isles (ObanSouthTheIslesCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk) You can email your local team by clicking on your area above. You can also follow your local teams on Twitter where they post about how they are policing your community. Please note the email addresses and social media channels are not monitored 24/7, and are not for reporting crime.4. Forthcoming events None of note General Fraud Warning for Argyll – 13/10/21Police Scotland are again warning residents in Argyll to be aware of responding to unsolicited communications received by phone and email as there has been a marked increase in fraud related crimes in the area. A significant amount of money has been lost by victims of this crime in our Policing area. It is clear that criminals are targeting local residents and Argyll has been particularly affected. Common themes and preventions include: Callers pretending to be from your bank or a Scottish Fraud Team, advising that your account has been compromised and requesting either, immediate transfer of funds into an account they provide you, or withdrawal of money from your account and physical posting of this money to a detailed address. They also, on occasion, request that the person lie to the bank when taking out the money, i.e. the fraudsters suggest telling the cashier that the money is being withdrawn to buy a car, to try and avoid alerting suspicion. Banks/Building Societies do not do these practices. Should you have any contact of this nature do not act on it. Contact your bank through your normal channels, be it physically in branch or using their official website/contact numbers to verify what is taking place. Emails and text messages purporting to be from a service provider such as your bank, internet, or delivery company requiring you to input personal details or click on a hyperlink. How can you ensure this is true? Do not respond to the message or click any links. Go through the company’s own website and only phone using the numbers detailed there. Check whether they have sent the correspondence. Also consider upgrading your security software on any devices you own. Cold calling by companies, either at your door in person or via telephone. Responsible companies avoid doing this. The advice is clear, never buy from or pass your personal or financial details to a cold caller. Financial service providers, advertising on Social Media, offering high value returns for investments in shares or Cryptocurrency. How can you check if they’re reliable? Check the company with the Financial Conduct Authority. If a deal is too good to be true, it usually is. Reputable firms don’t cold call, pressure sell, use ‘mobile numbers’ or offer heightened investment returns beyond the ability of trusted businesses.

Romance Frauds, where a person gains the trust of a victim through Social Media or a dating app and slowly seeks to draw money out of them after securing a romantic connection. Often these parties will pretend to be in the Armed Forces or Doctors working abroad, requiring money to facilitate coming to visit or for helping them get out of trouble. Such fraudsters will even chat on video to try and reinforce this pretence. How can you avoid this? Do not send any money to people you have not met in person. Discuss any requests of this nature with friends and family, or with Police, to help test check what is taking place and ensure someone is not manipulating you. Inspector Paul Collins of Lochgilphead Police has urged the public to be cautious, stating, “Do not trust any unexpected correspondence. Never pass your personal or financial details to anyone unless you’re clear who they are and why they require that information. If you feel the need to reply to correspondence to check the authenticity of a contact, please, only use the company’s verified official website and the communication methods detailed upon it. Especially where money is being requested, be it physically withdrawing it from the bank or the electronic transferring of it, always, 'stop', 'think' and 'check' with a friend, relative or neighbour before taking any action. Any victims of such crimes, or anyone with any concerns can contact their local police station via 101.