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Policing – a multi agency approach
Some residents may have seen some new faces amongst the community
during weekend evenings recently.
These are the Community Safety Wardens based in Perth who are currently
working along with a number of other agencies, including Police
Scotland, to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Kinross area.
Police Scotland have recently received a number of complaints from
local residents regarding vandalism and anti-social behaviour and
the arrival of the Community Wardens is part of an action plan agreed
following a multi-agency meeting held at Kinross Police Office at
the beginning of October which was attended by representatives from
the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Perth and Kinross Community
Safety Team and Youth Development. The Wardens, who have been very
successful in Perth and Blairgowrie, will be based in Kinross for
a number of weeks.
Their role is one which includes:
• Engaging with all members of the local community and developing
strong links with local groups, partner agencies and voluntary organisations.
• Developing a proactive approach in supporting community
members to create a positive, strong, safe and attractive community.
• Acting as local contact point for residents’ enquiries.
• Regularly liaising with local area housing agencies, Police
Scotland, local schools, educational establishments and other internal
and external agencies and voluntary groups.
• Assisting in the identification of community safety priorities
Whilst there is engagement with a number of agencies, it is really
important that the community become involved. It is only by reporting
your concerns and providing information to the police and other
agencies that they can begin to make a difference.
If you have any issues which you feel may benefit from engagement
with the Community Wardens, or would like to report incidents which
are causing annoyance such as vandalism and anti-social behaviour,
please contact your local Community Policing Team by dialling 101
You can contact the Community Wardens at 01738 476173.
There have been recent break-ins to houses in the Kinross area and
residents are reminded to make their homes as secure and safe as
Jewellery appears to be the main items stolen in the recent thefts
and residents should consider the safest place to store these items.
We repeat security information from last month:
Beware the opportunist thief, as they will take every opportunity
to exploit poor security at and around people's homes. Very often
it is the simplest security measures that can make the difference
and stop crime from happening in the first place. First and foremost,
lock front and back doors, as well as windows, even when at home
and especially overnight.
It is recommended that householders leave a light on if they are
unlikely to be home before dark, or use a timer switch to ensure
that the lights come on as dusk falls.
Nowadays, it is common for people to store expensive goods and equipment
in their sheds, garages and outbuildings – which is precisely
why householders should take steps to ensure their belongings are
safe and make life as hard as possible for the opportunist thief.
Tools and ladders and even garden furniture should also be put away
and never left out for thieves to steal, or use to commit crime.
Be a good neighbour and look out for any suspicious activity within
your community. Look out for other people living around you, particularly
older or vulnerable neighbours.
Tell the police immediately if you have any reason to be suspicious
about any persons or vehicles. Along with community safety wardens,
our officers regularly carry out high visibility patrols across
the area. They will respond to ongoing incidents and react to information
passed to them by the public. We would urge residents to report
crime when they see it happening, or where they have suspicions
that something is going on.
Some points to consider:
• Ensure that keys are not left within door locks.
• Consider getting a house alarm fitted.
• Mark all valuables with a UV pen with the relevant postcode
and house number. If stolen items are recovered by the police, it
is much easier to return them to the owner if this has been done.
• Make it more difficult for criminals to simply unscrew locks
or hinges of shed doors by fitting carriage bolts, or clutch head
security screws. Another method of stopping screws being removed
is to fill the heads with epoxy resin.
• Fit a curtain to a shed window.
• Sensor-operated lighting is a convenient and an effective
• Thread steel cable through removable property and secure
it to a building.
• Consider the use of an intruder alarm for sheds, garages,
• NEVER leave the shed, garage, or outbuilding unlocked when
Police Scotland, local community
Telephone: 101 for non emergencies.
The community officer for Kinross-shire is Sadie Allan.
The Community Sergeant for Kinross, Auchterarder and Crieff is Sandra
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555
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.