Throughout the pandemic, one local group in Pitlochry has been raising awareness and keeping locals safe from scams and exploitation.
The Pitlochry Neighbourhood Watch has not only been fighting COVID scams but has been keeping residents alert to threats for some time.
Now the team are looking for more coordinators to join in and help keep their community safe from people looking to exploit local residents.
The secretary for the watch, Cath Marshall, said: “The more we share information n about scams and what to look out for the better chance we’ll have in thwarting criminals.
“In Pitlochry we already have a network of volunteer neighbourhood watch coordinators, who pass out information to those people in the street who are members of their watch.
“But we do need some more. About thirty-two streets are covered at the moment.
“So, if you live in a street and you’re not aware of having a neighbourhood watch coordinator and it’s something you think you’d like to get involved in, we’d be delighted to hear from you.”
Helping out with the neighbourhood watch means keeping neighbours informed on the latest scams which are targeting towns around Scotland.
Recently scammers have been posing as BT Openreach, threatening to turn up outside people’s doorsteps if they don’t answer their demands.
Sharing information like this can help save local people grief and distress, but also a lot of money.
Cath Marshall explained: “The role is not onerous at all; you must have a computer to receive the information in the first instance.
“And it’s an excellent opportunity to get to know your neighbours a wee bit better and to provide this valuable service.”
Anyone looking to offer to help protect their community can get in touch with Cath Marshall on: firstname.lastname@example.org