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Enjoy the Outdoors
With the summer nights and holidays now in full swing, many people will head for the countryside. Some points to think about are as follows:
Consideration for other people
Respect the needs of local people, for example, don’t block gateways, driveways or other paths with your vehicle.
Co–operate with people at work in the countryside.
For example, keep out of the way when farm animals are being gathered or moved and follow directions from the farmer.
Busy traffic on small country roads can be unpleasant and dangerous to local people, visitors and wildlife – so slow down and where possible, leave your vehicle at home, or consider sharing lifts and use alternatives such as public transport or cycling. The police do receive a number of calls about inconsiderate parking near to or at beauty spots.
When riding a bike or driving a vehicle, slow down for horses, walkers and livestock and give them plenty of room.
Keep your dog under proper control so that it doesn’t disturb or scare farm animals or wildlife.
Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
Litter and leftover food spoils the beauty of the countryside as well as being potentially dangerous to wildlife – dispose of it with care or take it home.
Don't damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees.
Be careful not to drop matches or smouldering cigarettes.
Leave machinery and farm animals alone – don’t interfere with animals even if you think they’re in distress. Try to alert the farmer instead.
Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries if you can – climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage them and increase the risk of farm animals escaping.
The majority of visitors will enjoy their break; however there’s always a minority who spoil it through antisocial behaviour, excessive alcohol consumption or not adhering to the advice as aforesaid. Police Scotland do have campaigns running in an attempt to stop such behaviour, however please contact them on non emergency number 101 or 999 (emergencies) should you wish to report such incidents.


Police Scotland, local community Telephone: 101 for non emergencies.
The community officer for Kinross-shire is Sadie Allan.
Email: sadie.allan@scotland.pnn.police.uk
The Community Sergeant for Kinross, Auchterarder and Crieff is Sandra Williams.
Email: sandra.williams@scotland.pnn.police.uk

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.