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Document catalogues almost 200 police errors over 18 months
A catalogue of Police Scotland blunders has been identified in a dossier revealing almost 200 mistakes were made in 18 months. The errors included failing to respond to a warning about a missing person, who was later found dead at home by the person making the call. In another incident a member of the public phoned the police threatening to self-harm, but his cry for help was dismissed as a “false call”. The document, which was compiled by the Scottish Tories using Freedom of Information legislation, revealed there were 182 so-called “notable incidents” between August 2017 and December last year.
Police Scotland record almost 200 ‘serious’ errors including 62 wrong address callouts
Police Scotland made almost 200 serious errors while responding to calls for help in less than 18 months, according to a new analysis. A study of official found that 182 errors were deemed serious enough to have a “significant impact” on the force’s reputation occurred between August 2017 and last December. They included 62 cases of officers going to the wrong address and 81 errors that led to delays in police attending a 999 or 101 call. Among the most serious matters were not responding to a warning about missing person who was later found dead, and a member of the public threatening self-harm being treated as a “false call”.
Scots scammed out of more than £700,000 by bogus callers in just six months
People across Scotland lost more than £700,000 in just six months as a result of doorstep scams, police have revealed. According to official figures, 249 victims lost more than £700,000 between April and September 2018 after being targeted at home by criminals.
The news comes following a number of incidents across Tayside and Fife. Just a few weeks ago, bogus workmen reportedly carried out 20 minutes of work for £400 in Broughty Ferry. A 71-year-old Brechin pensioner was also conned out of nearly £20,000 in September last year by someone claiming to be from his internet provider. Police Scotland’s statistics were published before the launch of their new campaign, Shut Out Scammers, which aims to raise awareness of offenders carrying out cold-calls.
Police bid to tackle invasive doorstep scammers
People across Scotland lost more than half a million pounds in just six months as a result of doorstep scams, Police Scotland has revealed. According to official figures, 249 victims lost more than £700,000 between April and September 2018 after being targeted at home by criminals.
The statistics were published ahead of the launch of a new campaign, Shut Out Scammers, which aims to raise awareness of offenders carrying out cold-calls.
Warning over doorstep scams in Scotland as victims lose £700k in just 6 months
People across Scotland lost over half a million pounds in just six months as a result of doorstep scams, Police Scotland has revealed. According to official figures, 249 victims lost more than £700,000 between April and September 2018 after being targeted at home by criminals. The statistics were published ahead of the launch of a new campaign, Shut Out Scammers, which aims to raise awareness of offenders carrying out cold-calls. The Police Scotland campaign will be carried out in conjunction with a number of partner organisation in order to highlight prevention advice and support services. Although half of all victims of scams are said to be vulnerable, officers have warned that all householders can be targeted by fraudsters, many of whom have links to organised crime groups.
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Police Scotland control room blunders led to officers being sent to wrong address 62 times, stats reveal
Control room blunders led to cops being sent to the wrong address 62 times, stats reveal. The errors were among 182 “notable incidents” recorded between August 2017 and last December. They included a victim being told to report an assault at an unmanned station.
Police also failed to respond to a warning about a missing person who was later found dead at home by the person who made the call.
Police and assault victims sent to the wrong places by call centre gaffes
Police officers were sent to the wrong address of serious incidents or didn’t turn up at all, according to a record of dozens of mistakes logged by control rooms in the past 18 months. An assault victim was also directed to an “unmanned” police station in another gaffe, according to documents released through Freedom of Information. Police Scotland dealt with almost 200 “notable incidents” where concerns are flagged up about the way emergency calls have been dealt with by the force – during a period when it dealt with more than three million calls.
Borders cops to host public events as part of campaign to tackle doorstep crime
Public events are being held in the Borders as part of a campaign to ‘Shut Out Scammers’. Cops in Galashiels, Hawick and Kelso will host events this week in the three towns as part of the national drive to tackle doorstep crime. Borders PC Nick Walker said: “As part of the national ‘Shut Out Scammers’ campaign, community Officers and Trading Standards officers will be at locations in the Scottish Borders offering advice on preventing scams and doorstep crime. “If you are in the area please stop by for a chat.”
Counter-terror expert calls on Irish communities to ‘reject violence’
A counter-terrorism expert has warned Irish communities to “reject violence” amid a growing threat of dissident activity linked to Brexit. Former police superintendent Ken Pennington believes the potential implementation of a hard border may be used as a “narrative” by terrorists. The 50-year-old, who served in Northern Ireland for more than 30 years, also voiced concern that an increased media presence could be used as a platform to spread their message around the world. Speaking at a European Confederation of Police (EuroCOP) conference in Madrid, Mr Pennington said: “For over 18 months, there’s been building political community protest around the subject of Brexit, especially in the border communities. Thirty thousand people cross the border daily travelling to work. Anything that interferes with that freedom of movement will be seen or thought of very harshly by the communities affected.
Police Scotland patrol cars are unroadworthy and ‘breaking down daily’
Last year, 349 police cars broke down while on patrol – an increase of 100 on the previous year. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said the condition of the fleet is now so disgraceful that not only are breakdowns commonplace, but vehicles are barely legal. Police Scotland has more than 250 vehicles over a decade old. A quarter of the fleet, 870 cars, have driven 100,000 miles or more, with 126 covering between 150,000 and 200,000 miles. The average vehicle was four to five years old with up to 50,000 recorded mileage. Scottish Labour, which obtained the latest figures, said it was a result of the force spending less than a third of what was required to maintain vehicles due to a lack of funding. Some were reported to be no longer be water-tight while others were being ‘patched up’ with duct tape. One van reportedly caught fire recently while another had to be driven one-handed to prevent it slipping out of gear.
Calum Steele, general secretary of the SPF, said the only surprise was that the figures were so low.
Why cyber crime is a threat but also an opportunity – Dr Stephen Breslin
More people must be trained in cyber resilience skills as hacking becomes an increasing danger, writes Dr Stephen Breslin. Cybersecurity was once viewed as little more than an interesting plot in a script for a Hollywood film. Now, the UK Government has gone as far as to deem cyber-attacks on Britain as one of its highest priorities for action, classifying them as a ‘Tier 1’ threat.
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