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Launch of Community Watch
A system to help tackle crime and promote safety in rural parts of Perth and Kinross was launched in Kinross on 30 April.
Community Watch has developed from a pilot scheme, known as Rural Watch, which started in Highland Perthshire in October 2014. It is now being rolled out to Kinross-shire, Strathallan, Strathearn, Strathmore, Blairgowrie, Glens, Carse of Gowrie, Almond, Earn as well as continuing in Highland Perthshire.
One of the main aims of Community Watch is to improve the flow of information between the local community, Police Scotland, the local authority and other partner organisations. Sharing information and advice can help prevent crimes, making the gathering of information simpler and help link together a community spread across a wide geographic area.
Community Watch works by members of the community signing up to the system and choosing from a list of options for the type of information they would like to receive. When a message is posted to the system, those who have selected the relevant criteria will immediately receive an email.
Chief Inspector Mike Whitford, Commander for Perth and Kinross at the time of the launch, said: “Communities can receive e-mails on crime in their area along with valuable crime prevention advice which could cover anything from fuel or machinery thefts, wildlife crime, vandalisms or reports of suspicious activity. In addition, communities will also benefit from information from several other agencies all with the aim of community safety. We are proud to be part of this initiative and its continued success and would urge those living in rural Perth and Kinross to register for this service.”
Partner organisations in the scheme are: Perth & Kinross Council, Police Scotland, Neighbourhood Watch, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), National Farmers Union (NFU), Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Air Ambulance, Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland.
People who are already registered with Neighbourhood Watch will automatically receive messages from Community Watch. Those who were members of the pilot scheme, Rural Watch, will automatically be moved over to Community Watch.
You can join Perth and Kinross Community Watch by visiting

Round up of Police News
Dangerous youth behaviour: Overnight on 13 May, youths were seen to be climbing on buildings in the Swansacre area of Kinross where some damage was caused to a satellite dish. Apart from the damage caused, this is extremely dangerous behaviour. If any children are seen climbing on roofs, please contact the police immediately.
Vandalism: Damage caused recently by vandals smashing roof tiles at the Children’s Hospice information centre at Kinross has been estimated at £250. On the weekend of 16/17 May, Arngask Primary School, Glenfarg, was the subject of graffiti, with blue spray paint used on walls.
Security: At about 0445 hours on Sunday 17 May, the alarm activated at the Muirs Inn, Kinross. CCTV footage shows two males wearing dark coloured hooded tops and carrying rucksacks acting suspiciously.
ATM fraud: Beware: a pinhole camera and skimming devices, aimed at acquiring card details and customer PIN, have been found on bank machines in Perth & Kinross.
Sheep on roads: There have been some complaints about sheep on roads. Farmers and owners and asked to ensure that perimeter fencing is in good order.

Death of Iain Bell, retired Superintendent: A former senior police officer for this area has died at the age of 58. Iain Bell was in charge of Tayside Police’s Western Division prior to his retirement, and for several years was responsible for coordinating the policing of T in the Park when it was at Balado.
Chief Inspector Mike Whitford, who has been the area commander for Perth and Kinross since March 2013, moved to a new role in Dundee in May.

Police Scotland – local community Telephone 101 for non-emergencies
Community officers for Kinross-shire are:
PC Sadie Allan, PC Rhiannon Lorimer,
PC Nicholas Schembri and PC James Wilson.

Community Sergeant, Kinross-shire: Sgt Geoff Goodison

Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This telephone number 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.