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Here are some simple precautions to protect yourself inside and outside your home, covering how to secure your home, safety outside your home, scams, identity theft and what to do if you are affected by crime.
Most burglars are opportunists and they will look for unlocked doors or opened windows to get in.
You can reduce the risk of burglary and make yourself feel safer by taking these steps:
For more advice on preventing burglaries, see our page of burglary prevention advice from Police Scotland.
Contact your local police station and ask to speak to a Crime Prevention Officer for advice on security. (Use the Police Scotland 101 non-emergency number.)
Visible burglar alarms will deter opportunist burglars and increase the security of your home.
Attacks on people by strangers in public places are rare and violent crime accounts for a small part of all recorded crime.
You can reduce the risk of attack further:
Scams can take a variety of forms such as unsolicited prize draws, lotteries or windfalls, pyramid schemes, clairvoyant scams and emails and text messages linked to a premium rate telephone line.
To protect yourself from scams:
If you think you have been the victim of a scam, or if you suspect a scam, call Consumer Direct for advice on 08454 04 05 06 (lo-call rate) or visit the Consumer Direct website.
In identity theft criminals use your personal information to carry out fraud on your bank accounts or to use your name in another fraudulent way.
To keep your bank account safe:
For more information see the Home Office's www.identitytheft.org.uk.
Victim Support is a national charity that provides free and confidential information and support to victims of crime, whether or not they report the crime to the police. It also runs a Witness Service, which helps people who are going to court, before, during and after the trial. Visit the www.victimsupport.org.uk.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) compensates victims of crime who have suffered a personal injury or trauma. This compensation is not available to replace stolen or damaged possessions that are not covered by insurance.See the www.cica.gov.uk for claim details. Your local Victim Support scheme or Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to help you with your application.
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Police Scotland is the new unified Scottish Police force, formed April 2013.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), formerly the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland, is remitted to undertake independent investigation of serious incidents involving the police, and of police handling of complaints.
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