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Ardentinny Community Council

Rural Crime Alerts

24th February 2023 /Scam Calls

I heard from some of you that you had scam calls recently, so I thought this may be of interest to us all. The link below is to the Scam Share Bulletin from Trading Standards Scotland. It has information and recommendations on how to deal with scams. Paste the following link into your browser;

Heating Oil Thefts
In other areas of Scotland, there has been several recent incidents where heating oil has been stolen from tanks at people’s houses. 

Please ensure that you keep and fuel or heating oil tanks secure and check the oil levels regularly. Consider using security lights and/or CCTV Cameras. Please report any suspicious behaviour to Police by calling 101 (999 in an emergency).
Hare Coursing
Hare coursing occurs in rural communities across Scotland and is especially prevalent in the Spring.  
Greyhound or Lurcher type dogs are set on hares, chasing them to ground across fields. It is illegal to hunt hares using dogs and tackling Hare coursing is a wildlife crime priority.
Coursing has a wider impact, as dogs trained for and intent on hare coursing have been known to chase and attack sheep.
Advice and info on keeping Rural Communities Safe can be found at:-

Advice on home security can be found at:-
Sergeant Iain MacNicol 
Police Scotland 
Lochnell Street
PA31 8JJ
Telephone = 101
Website =
Twitter = @MAKIPolice
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Iain MacNicol (Police, Sergeant, Argyll and Bute)