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Dogs Trust Community Event

Dunbritton Housing Association are holding a DogsTrust Community Event next Thursday 31st May 2018 between 11.00am & 3.00pm at Fisher Place, Helensburgh. The event will be carried out on the grassed area at the entrance of Fisher Place. 

The DogsTrust will advise on the the legal requirements of:

Keeping the microchip owner information up to date

Having a collar and tag

Picking up after your dog

Training/socialisation to prevent anti-social behaviour

How to be safe around dogs

They will also be there to: 

Carry out free microchipping

Provide free information leaflets

Offer Health & Training advice

Carry out free basic health checks

Discuss responsible dog ownership with tenants

Provide free dog-waste disposal bags

Dunbritton staff will be there to meet with tenants and discuss/take note of any issues or answer any queries they may have on the day.

Please come along with your dogs & family members – there will be goody bags for any children who come along!

For further info on the Dogs Trust Freedom Project please click on the following link:

http://www.moretodogstrust.org.uk/about-freedom/about-freedom 

Surveys 

Please note that we will be carrying out non-intrusive surveys in all of our areas starting from 7 May for approximately 3 weeks for external painting contracts.

The contractors will need access to some front and back gardens to review what painting items are needed to rear elevations of properties. 

Campaign against Bogus Workmen 

Police Scotland logo From Monday 21st May to Monday 28th May 2018. Police Scotland, in collaboration with their partners, are campaigning to raise awareness surrounding Bogus Workman and Rogue Traders within the West Dunbartonshire area. 

Together, we are making an effort in order to reduce the effect caused towards people who find themselves victims to bogus workmen. Statistics show that many of the victims of bogus workmen are vulnerable members of our community.  

This campaign will include joint initiatives between Police, Trading Standards, SEPA and the Department of Work and Pensions where we intend to challenge these operators whilst providing re-assurance and advice to the community. 

Over the years, bogus workmen have left many victims feeling vulnerable and afraid, with damaged properties and often out of pocket by hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds. This should not be accepted within our communities.

Suitable Advice

Bogus workman come in various guises and use a number of tactics to try and enter your premises. Remember, it is your hard earned money that they are after. 

Think

1. Be on your guard if someone turns up unexpectedly

2. Be aware of distraction methods used i.e. use your toilet, etc.

3. Don’t keep large amounts of money within the home

4. Does your property really require the work to be carried out?

5. Be vigilant for vulnerable neighbours who may fall foul

Secure

1. Use a door chain or bar when opening a door

2. Check to see who is at the door either through the viewfinder or window

3. Keep rear, side doors and windows secure  

4. Don’t be embarrassed. Genuine callers expect you to be careful

Question

1. Always ask for ID

2. ID’s and uniforms can be faked. If you are still unsure, call the represented company 

3. Ask a friend or neighbour for assistance, if required 

4. Obtain a written quote before agreeing to any contracts

5. Don’t fall for the hard sell. Take a bit of time to think about what is being offered

Remember, if it is too good to be true, It probably is.

We would appeal to you that, in the event that you suspect or become aware of individuals being involved as bogus workmen or rogue trader, that you contact us with any known details. 

You can do this by contacting Police Scotland on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111.  The information you provide may prevent bogus workmen from operating in this area and in doing so, you will have played a major part in protecting local businesses and other consumers within your community.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Police Scotland