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School’s out, the lazy, hazy days of summer
are upon us, and all over Scotland, people are unwinding in the
sunshine (between intermittent periods of breaking out the anoraks
and wellies). Lawnmowers and BBQs are being fired up, youths are
enjoying the weeks of freedom between terms, and parents are trying
to keep the wee ones entertained. We want you to have a great, and
most importantly safe summer, so here are a few tips to help you
make the most of it.
Carrying weapons in any public place, including at
summer festivals is an offence and anyone found in possession of
an offensive weapon could face arrest. Knife crime can affect anyone
and innocent bystanders can get caught in the middle of other people’s
disputes and suffer trauma, serious injuries or worse.
Over-indulgence in alcohol can impact on your behaviour,
your mind and your self-control. Drinking too much can make you
vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime as well as getting involved
in altercations which can ruin lives. Know your alcohol limits.
Alcohol will make you more vulnerable to theft, assault and sexual
assaults. Drink plenty of water and stay with friends, never leave
a drink unattended and don’t mix alcohol with illegal substances.
You should also be aware of local drinking byelaws which can differ
by local authority. If in force, they make it an offence to drink
alcohol or have an open container of alcohol in a public place or
outwith a designated area.
Stay with friends, let them know where you are at all times, arrange
meeting points and keep your phones fully charged. Stick to busy
areas of the arena and campsite – don’t be drawn to
secluded spots. Make sure you and your friends have return journeys
planned, and do not accept a lift from anyone purporting to be a
taxi driver if they do not have the correct license in place. Consider
prebooking your journey in advance, and remember to keep your personal
belongings safe at all times.
Do not accept drinks from persons unknown to you, and do not take
drugs. Also, stay alert – people under the influence of intoxicating
substances are far easier targets for criminals. If you or any of
your friends become unwell obtain help immediately from stewards
Don’t engage in any sexual activity with anyone who does not,
or is unable to, give their consent due to being under the influence
of drink or drugs. In Scots Law, this is rape.
Secure your home
Many thieves are actually opportunists who do not
have to break in at all because a door or window has been left open
or unlocked, so keep your home securely locked at all times. Don’t
leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or anywhere else
an intruder may easily find them, and don’t keep house keys
and car keys on the same keyring. Don’t leave valuables in
sight of windows, and if you have a wall calendar, avoid mounting
it near a window from where appointments can potentially be seen
– this may give an indication of when a property will be empty.
Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in the house. If you must, then
disperse it in various locations. It’s also a good idea to
mark your property with a UV marker pen, which you can use to place
an invisible imprint of your postcode and house number on your possessions.
Record details of your valuables, such as mobile phone, cameras,
laptops and tablets on the national mobile property register at
Staying safe outdoors
Everyone wants to see our countryside and enjoy our
waterways and coastline, however, any area of water, including reservoirs
and canals, can hold hidden dangers. Scotland has more than 37,000
separate stretches of inland water and over 11,500 miles of coastline
when including both mainland and island coast. With many stretches
located in remote areas, help will often be some considerable time
away, so take responsibility for your own actions and make sensible
decisions to stay safe around waterways. The best advice is to be
aware of the dangers, think about the risks and plan to minimise
them. You can find out more about inland water safety from our partners
Between Sunday 30 June and Wednesday 3 July, the windows of a tractor
and a bus were smashed at Hattonburn Farm, Milnathort. (CR/17389/19)
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 –
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies
Community officers for Kinross-shire:
PC Ben Clark and PC Douglas Stapleton.
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Michelle Burns.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan, Almond
& Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase
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