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Crimes of note in Kinross-shire area

There was a recent attempted housebreaking to a property at Mayfield Gardens, Milnathort.

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 info@neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk

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.

Kinross Community
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 checks.

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire: PC Atholl Spalding and PC Douglas Stapleton.
Email: taysidekinross-shireCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan & Carse of Gowrie, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase.

Ways of following the Police:
twitter.com/policescotland
www.facebook.com/PoliceScotland
www.scotland.police.uk


Community Watch
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.