PC Raymond Murphy and PC Steven Graham are the ward officers for the Forth and Endrick area, which incorporates Kippen and surrounding areas. They are based at Balfron Police Office, and can be contacted at the office, on 101 or at ForthEndrickCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
They regularly publish information and appeals online. The local Twitter feed can be found at @StirlingPol, and the local Facebook page can be found at ‘Forth Valley Police Division’. The current ward priorities for the Forth and Endrick area are Antisocial Behaviour, Road Safety, Theft and Community Engagement and Reassurance. As this is the first edition of The Wee Vine, the following is a summary of local policing activity over the past few months. In future, we’ll publish local policing activity since the previous edition of The Wee Vine.
Recently, there has been very little antisocial behaviour reported in the Kippen area. Of the few incidents reported to police, all were minor in nature and localised. None of the incidents resulted in prosecution.
Since September, there has only been one road traffic collision recorded in the Kippen area, which occurred on the B822 between Kippen and Fintry. Two vehicles were involved, with one occupant sustaining minor injuries.
The Central Scotland Safety Camera Partnership and Police Scotland have continued to perform speed enforcement and hi-visibility patrols in and around Kippen, resulting in a number of motorists being given advice regarding their vehicle or manner of driving, or prosecuted where appropriate.
Regular such patrols and checks will continue in an effort to improve road safety and driver behaviour.
Recently, speeds of 85mph by a minibus and 86mph by a car have been recorded on the A811 near to Kippen by the Central Scotland Safety Camera Partnership.
There have been no thefts reports in the Kippen area since September 2016.
However, local residents are reminded of the importance of being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to Police Scotland or CrimeStopper, no matter how trivial it may seem – it could be the missing piece in a bigger puzzle!
Community Engagement and Reassurance
As well as regularly high visibility patrols in the area by local officers, PC Murphy and PC Graham regularly visit Kippen on routine patrol, carry out road safety duties including speed enforcement, assist with local community issues, visit Kippen Primary School and other local businesses and attend Kippen Community Council meetings.
Crime Prevention Suggestions
During the darker evenings,
- Use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look as if your home is occupied.
- Ensure all doors and windows are secure when you leave and when you go to bed.
- If possible use secure lighting at the front and back of your property.
- Make sure all garden tools and ladders are locked away when not being used. Don’t give the thieves the tools to break into your house.
- Use a good quality lock on any garden sheds and outhouses.
- Make a note of all makes, models and serial numbers of expensive items in your home.
- Create a FREE and secure inventory of all your personal property at http://www.immobilise.com
- If you note anything suspicious in your neighbourhood report it on 101.
- If anyone would like further crime prevention advice, please contact PC Raymond Murphy or PC Steven Graham who will be happy to assist.
Air Weapons Surrender Scheme
The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 came fully into effect on 31 December 2016. The new law requires any person who possesses, purchases, uses or acquires an air weapon to have a certificate to hold them legally.
It is now an offence not to have a certificate for these purposes, unless you are exempt. You are able to apply to Police Scotland for a certificate.
Further details can be found on the Police Scotland website at http://www.scotland.police.uk
Police Scotland Public Consultation Survey – Your View Counts
The Police Scotland Public Consultation Survey is still open. The survey allows local residents to provide feedback to Police Scotland in relation to a variety of topics, including their views on what they feel local policing priorities should be in their communities.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and everyone is encouraged to participate in it.
The survey and further information can be found at http://www.scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts