Police officers in Dumfries have been patrolling the area where Brian Scott's body was found, to reassure locals that the town is still one of the safest places to live in the UK.
"This type of incident doesn't happen regularly in Dumfries and Galloway, and bear in mind this is the exception rather than the rule.
"But we are mindful of the fact that people may be apprehensive regarding what's happened close to their homes and we are looking to provide reasurrance to them."
Neighbours of Mr Scott say they are not worried about their safety and they hope the police are successful in their investigations.
"We have to leave this investigation for the police. Let them decide. They will find the person involved. That's it. I am not worried because we have a quiet area here. We have no problems in this area. Everyone knows each other. It is a very good neighbourhood.
"Even with all his faults, nobody deserved that kind of thing to happen. So you can only hope they find whoever was responsible for that."
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