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Community 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 in communities.
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 or emailing
You can contact the Community Wardens at 01738 476173.
House break-ins
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 possible.
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 deterrent.
• Thread steel cable through removable property and secure it to a building.
• Consider the use of an intruder alarm for sheds, garages, or outbuildings.
• NEVER leave the shed, garage, or outbuilding unlocked when unattended.

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 Williams.
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.