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Crimes of Note

On 18 May there was a break in to the building site at the Town Hall, Kinross, and a number of tools stolen.

On 21 May there was a break in to the Lochleven Fisheries shed at the Pier in Kinross and a number of fuel canisters stolen.

On 25 May a van parked in Bowton Road, Kinross, was broken into and a high value generator stolen.

If anyone has any information regarding these crimes, please get in touch via 101 or speak with local officers.

Police News
With the school summer holidays almost upon us, PCs Spalding and Stapleton will begin their summer Youth Alcohol Patrols in and around Kinross and Milnathort. Hot stops are identified with information from the local community to assist in targeting areas that require patrols. Foot and cycle patrols will be carried out on a regular basis to try to make early interventions and engage with local youths.

Dougie and Atholl also had the pleasure of visiting CHAS’s Rachel House and spent a great couple of hours in the company of the children currently there and the children’s families. Thanks to staff and Val Lochart for the invitation.

A Summer Cycle around the Heritage Trail is planned by Dougie and Atholl. Once a date is confirmed, locals are more than welcome to join us and #cyclewiththecops

Swansacre, Kinross: Again, there have been complaints of ‘local’ vehicles not obeying the traffic restrictions that are in place at either end of the street. Drivers are reminded not to use the street unless for local access and not to routinely use the street as a short cut or ‘rat run’.

School Talk: Dougie and Atholl recently gave a talk to the Kinross Primary 7 classes about the dangers of internet use and social media. Below are a few tips to keep everyone safe.

Social Media
Sites like Twitter and Facebook are part of an internet phenomenon known as ‘social networking’. They can be great fun to use and are an important part of many people’s social lives. Online dating is also a form of social networking. Like any internet tool, though, social networking can be used for harmful or criminal purposes. Take some sensible precautions.
What are the benefits and risks of Social Media?

Social networking sites create a feeling of community. This can be positive or negative depending on the nature of the community created. Since users access these sites from their own homes, they can sometimes forget that the internet is really a public space. This means they can be tempted to share more information than is sensible or safe, or to act in ways they may not do normally.
What basic steps should I take?
You can help protect yourself and/or your children by learning how these sites work and talking them through some basic advice:
• Pick a user name that doesn’t include your real name or hint at your date of birth or where you live.
• Make your profile private by changing the ‘privacy settings’ or ‘account settings’. This means only your friends will be able to see what’s on your profile. You’ll still be able to get friend requests, but are less likely to be pestered by strangers.
• Limit the amount of personal information you make available online such as your address and date of birth, even more so if it may provide a hint as to your password - even to friends.
What precautions should I take when sharing information on Social Networking sites?
Think carefully about:
• Who you want to chat to.
• What you want to say.
• Which pictures you upload.

Remember, even if it feels private, the internet is really a public space. Once you put a message or an image online, it will be there in some form forever, even if you delete it.
• If it isn’t something you’d be happy for someone close to you or a total stranger to see, then don’t share it.
• Don’t post personal details like last name, school or email address. You may not know who your friends’ friends are. Remember that there is always a chance someone else will see their information and not everyone online is honest.
• Don’t feel pressured into posting something you’re not comfortable with, such as personal phone numbers or photographs.
• Think before you ‘check in’ at a location or say you’re going on holiday. Could someone unknown to you see it and establish where you live and that your home may be empty?
• Respect friends and the online community. Don’t communicate any potentially damaging messages and don’t get drawn into any online arguments or conflict.
• Something you think is funny might not seem funny to others. What seems like a harmless joke in private may embarrass or humiliate someone in public.
• Remember, the click of a button makes your information publicly known worldwide and only you can control who sees this. Think before you post and, if in doubt, don’t click!

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire: PC Atholl Spalding and PC Douglas Stapleton.
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Robert Hogg.
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Robert Hogg.

Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan & Carse of Gowrie, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase.

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Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This is a free phone number (unless you are using a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted if you choose to remain anonymous.