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of note in Kinross-shire area
There was a recent attempted housebreaking to a property at Mayfield
There have been rural crimes involving the theft of a tractor from
the Keltybridge area and the attempted theft of a quad bike in the
Path of Condie area.
Once again, the farming community are urged to be vigilant and make
every effort to ensure their security is as good as it can possibly
be. Travelling and organised criminals will often “case”
properties in the first instance to try to establish what farm machinery
may be an easy target. More comprehensive security advice regarding
rural crime is available on the Police Scotland website but here
are some quick tips:
1. Protect outbuildings and sheds: Ensure that all external doors
are of solid construction with suitable locks or a close shackle
padlock and bar fitted to it. Hide the contents from view using
protective grilles on windows if appropriate. Ensure property is
locked away at night or when not in use.
2. Suspicious callers: Beware; strangers may not always be what
they seem. Check their identity and, if in doubt, note their description
and any vehicle they may be using and call the police. Your call
may be important and save others from the opportunistic thief.
3. Rural Watch Schemes work well as a crime prevention and detection
tool but are also extremely valuable in terms of enabling local
communities to share information, allows agencies to send out relevant
crime alerts, and empowers local communities to be more resilient.
Please consider joining your local Rural / Farm Watch scheme and
help us keep our rural communities safe. For further information,
please contact 01786 463732 or email@example.com
After Dark Advice
As the clocks are due to go back soon, Police Scotland are advising
householders to consider their safety and security.
If your property is in the dark, it looks unoccupied and can be
tempting to criminals. It is important that those of us who are
at home or who are working in the local neighbourhoods are vigilant
and report suspicious persons or incidents in their area.
Darkness strikes early in the day now and you can help make your
home safe by taking some simple security measures to reduce the
risk of being a potential target.
Setting timers on internal lights and radios allows your home to
appear to be occupied. Fit external security lights or check that
existing ones are functioning properly. Lock all doors, windows,
sheds and garages.
Use substantial locks on outbuilding sheds and garages. Put away
all garden tools and ladders or secure them if they cannot be stored.
Set curtains or blinds to deter people “window shopping.”
Mark all valuables with your postcode and house number and make
a detailed list of your property including makes, model and serial
number. Consider installing an intruder alarm and remember, if you
do have one, please use it.
Residents should also think about their older or vulnerable neighbours
and see if they require assistance to carry out these measures.
Help each other to remain safe and secure this winter.
If you see anything suspicious, don’t keep this information
to yourself. If a crime is occurring or about to take place, contact
the Police immediately on 999. If you have information, use the
non- emergency number 101.
On a lighter note, Dougie and Atholl had the pleasure of visiting
Portmoak Primary School to give a general talk on Community Policing
and their role as Police Officers to the whole school assembly before
meeting with the P1/2 who had lots of questions.
Sgt Forrester and Atholl also attended the Mary Queen of Scots weekend
event which was greatly attended and again firmly puts Kinross on
the map. On that note, Sgt Forrester has sadly left her current
role as the Kinross Community Sergeant and is due to start as the
Blairgowrie Community Sergeant. We wish her good luck in her new
role. At present, we are currently waiting to see who the new Kinross
Community Sergeant will be; we’ll keep the community updated
via Twitter and the Newsletter.
Dougie and Atholl have a Community Surgery planned this month within
Kinross High School and will be speaking with those who have a view
to starting a career with Police Scotland or indeed as a Special
Constable. If anyone is looking for any career advice regarding
joining the Police, then they can also get in touch with Dougie
and Atholl at the Kinross Police Office.
Speed Checks and Road Traffic Incidents
A speed check was carried out in the Scotlandwell and Kinnesswood
area, with several drivers being warned. There have been complaints
again about drivers going through the one-way / No Entry sign at
Swansacre in Kinross. Local drivers are using this as a ratrun and
should be warned that their registrations are being noted by local
residents and passed to Police. This is a £100 fine and three
penalty points; a hefty fine just to save local drivers 30 seconds
of their time.
Springfield Road, Kinross, will be monitored in the next few speed
Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies
Community officers for Kinross-shire: PC Atholl Spalding and PC
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan &
Carse of Gowrie, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase.
Ways of following the Police:
Receive email alerts about criminal incidents in your area, crime
prevention advice, flood alerts and much more by signing up to Perth
and Kinross Community Watch. The range of information received can
be tailored individually; each person signing up can choose which
partner agencies they would like to receive messages from. Visit
this website for more details: www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk
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.