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Winter Road Safety

The weather in Perthshire has seen a change over the past couple of weeks. Being prepared for winter can be as easy as a few simple steps before planning a journey on the road:
• Check the weather forecast and road conditions; remember the weather within the region can vary tremendously and be very localised
• If the weather is poor or the road surface is dangerous, consider whether you need to travel right now or if you can wait until the situation improves
• Consider alternate routes
• Consider alternative modes of transport
• Allow extra time for your journey
• Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
• Let people know where you are going and when you expect to arrive.

Advice for drivers – please ensure that you keep your vehicle well maintained and stocked with essential supplies before you start any journey. This includes ensuring that your brakes, lights, tyres, batteries, windscreens and wiper blades are all in good condition and well maintained.
Make sure you keep your windows clean, properly cleared of snow and ice, the screen is demisted and washer bottles contain an additive to stop the water from freezing.
Ensure that you clear the roof of any snow as this affects drivers behind you and can cause an obstruction on your windscreen with sudden braking.
Consider keeping an emergency kit in your car for severe weather, this should include an ice scraper, de-icer, a shovel, a torch and spare batteries, warm clothes, boots, a blanket, some food, a warm drink in a flask, a first aid kit, battery jump leads and a map or device with offline maps for unplanned diversions.

Advice for pedestrians – It’s important to ensure that the pavement outside your home is safe to walk on and clear of ice or snow. You should also wear shoes or boots with non-slip soles and consider wearing reflective or bright-coloured clothing so that other road users are able to see you when it’s dark or visibility is poor. Hats or scarves that cover your ears can also distort or eliminate the muffled sounds of approaching vehicles, so it is important to take extra care when crossing the road or checking for traffic. Keep warm but make sure that you are fully aware of what’s going on around you.

Recent Incidents

Between 9am, Friday 8 and 12.30am, Saturday 9 November, a black Volkswagen Golf was damaged in Reid Crescent, Milnathort. (CR/30220/19)
Between 12.45pm on Tuesday 12 November and 2.30pm on Wednesday 13 November a vehicle on McBain Place, Kinross, was vandalised by having paint thrown on it. (CR/30906/19)

Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire:
PC Ben Clark and PC Matthew Ross..
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Michelle Burns.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire):
PI Katrina Thompson.

Ways of following the Police:

Community Watch
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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.