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From the area commander

Action on Rural Thefts
You may be aware over the past few months there have been some thefts of trailers and other machinery in rural locations with Perth and Kinross. This causes a great financial loss to the victims as well as a great deal of disruption. In order to tackle this we have launched Operation Tigerclaw, a Rural Crime initiative, allowing us to deploy resources into rural areas to conduct high visibility patrols, visits to repeat locations offering reassurance and safety advice as well as conducting stop checks of those in the area. In order to do this we have deployed officers from the Trunk Road Policing Department, Operation Support Unit and we have been working with and sharing information with our neighbouring divisions as well as our partners.

This is an ongoing initiative and I would request that you ask your communities to be vigilant with their property, securing it and locking it away where possible and as always to report any suspicious activity to Police Scotland using 999 in an emergency and 101 if not.
(See also notice ‘Tackling Rural Crime Together’ lower down.)

Police Scotland recently launched a new online public consultation survey. #yourviewcounts (for the twitter users amongst us.)
The survey is a series of questions asking the public what they consider should be our policing priorities.
The public consultation survey will be hosted on the Police Scotland internet site and when live will be available for the public to input throughout the year. (It takes 5-10 minutes to complete.)
On a quarterly basis the administration team for the public consultation survey will feedback to each division what the public are telling us. This way we can identify what needs to change locally and ensure that any appropriate action is taken and that our local priorities are right.

Recent crime locally
A blue coloured Merida hybrid bike was stolen from a garage in Church Street, Milnathort, overnight on Tuesday 15 March.

An aerial was stolen from the roof of a grey Landrover Freelander, which was parked in Green Road, Kinross between 7.30pm on Saturday 26 March and 10am on Sunday 27 March.

At Milnathort Primary School some tree saplings within the playground were uprooted and damaged between the school closing at 3.30pm on Monday 28 March and reopening at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March.

Between 2pm on Tuesday 5 April and 7.30pm Wednesday 6 April a vehicle parked in South Street, Milnathort was vandalised.

If you have information, on any of these crimes, please contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Crime detected

A 22-year-old male was arrested after being found at a property in McBain Place, Kinross. The circumstances in which he was present suggested that he was there with the intention of committing theft. He was due to appear at Perth Sheriff Court on 8 April.

Dog owners are reminded that their pets should be kept under control at all times, even when they are within their own garden. There have been recent reports of dog bites within private gardens involving leaflet delivery, a dog getting lost and an over excited dog biting a child at play.

Forged currency: Retailers are urged to be extra vigilant when accepting payment for goods. There has been a spate of currency offences committed in the area involving forged £20 and £50 notes.

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies
Community officers for Kinross-shire: PCs Rhiannon Lorimer, James Wilson, Douglas Stapleton and Atholl Spalding.

Community Sergeant, Kinross-shire: Sgt William Hughes.

Community Watch
Receive email alerts about criminal incidents in your area, crime prevention advice, flood alerts and much more by signing up to Perth and Kinross Community Watch. The range of information received can be tailored individually; each person signing up can choose which partner agencies they would like to receive messages from. Visit this website for more details:

More ways of following the Police:
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This is a free phone number (unless you are using a mobile pone), 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.

Tackling Rural Crime Together

NFUS Perth & Kinross invites farmers to a FREE crime prevention event at Huntingtower Hotel in Perth on Wednesday 11 May.
The event lasts from 9.30am until 2.30pm and will include talks on several topics, such as ‘Crime prevention for farmers’, ‘fire safety and prevention’, ‘Dog control on farmland’ and more. There will also be a demonstration of forensic marking and an opportunity to speak to various experts.
To find out more and book your place, telephone Stuart Cluckie on 01738 626672 or 07745 947910