Police Report

Police Report

PC Steven Graham and PC Scott Craigie are the Police Scotland 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 continue to be Antisocial Behaviour, Road Safety, Theft and Community Engagement and Reassurance.

 Antisocial Behaviour

Recently, there has been very little antisocial behaviour reported in the Kippen area.

A male was found in possession of cannabis on the road between Kippen and Fintry.

Road Safety

Since the last edition of The Wee Vine, there has been one minor damage road accident where details were exchanged.

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 a driver was reported to the PF at Stirling for doing a speed of 93mph.

Theft

There have been no thefts reports in the Kippen area since the last issue of The Wee Vine.

There have been reports of suspicious vehicles in the Kippen area which were investigated however no criminality was evident. These reports are welcomed by Police and each will be investigated accordingly. Suspicious activity can be reported to Police Scotland or CrimeStoppers anonymously,

 Community Engagement and Reassurance

As well as regular high visibility patrols in the area, PC Graham and PC Craigie attempt to regularly visit Kippen to carry out road safety duties, including speed enforcement, assist with local community issues and visit community partners within the Kippen area.  These visits are backed up by our colleagues within Balfron Police Office, who regularly carry out routine patrols within the area.

Your View Counts

Our online public consultation process ‘Your View Counts’ launched on Friday 4 August. Members of the public are invited to help inform our policing priorities across the country by telling us what’s important to you.

This is the second year we have run the ‘Your View Counts’ consultation. Analysis of survey results, together with crime stats and other community and partnership meetings are used to determine our priorities.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/decision-making/public-consultation/local-policing-consultation/

The confidential survey only takes 15 minutes to complete and is open all year round meaning that if an individual’s priorities change a survey can be re-submitted.

The response to the consultation process will be continuously monitored and quarterly progress reports will be published on the Police Scotland website and the intranet.

Rural Watch Scotland

“‘Rural Watch Scotland’ is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland movement and endorsed by  the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) and Forth valley Rural Crime Group aimed specifically at the rural communities of Scotland and aims to bring all the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch to all rural communities irrespective of location, size or demographics.

Rural watch is an online community for any member of the public where appeals, crime prevention tips and safety alerts can be posted by those who subscribe which can be viewed by all members. Subscription is free and the sharing of information on the forum is a great example of real time crime prevention in action.

The objectives of Rural Watch Scotland are to:

  • Reduce crime and the fear of crime by providing the right information, to the right people, at the right time.
  • Encourage people to think about safety and security for themselves, their neighbours and their community.
  • Improve community cohesion and well-being by supporting communities to develop ‘their watch, their way’.
  • Work in partnership with national and local service providers to develop more resilient communities that are better prepared against threats, intentional or unintentional, such as crime or extreme weather.

The experience of Neighbourhood Watch throughout Scotland and elsewhere across the world is that members of Rural Watch Scotland will be less likely than non-members in the rural community to be a victim of crime.

By joining the Rural Watch Scotland scheme members can receive alerts and advice by phone, text or email. By keeping members informed about crime and other threats in specific areas, Rural Watch Scotland can help prevent crime, keep communities and residents safe, and member’s responses to these alerts can help catch criminals or be better prepared to deal with other threats to communities. To join Rural Watch Scotland simply:

Neighbourhood Alert.

This is a community messaging system which sends alerts regarding crime, safety and resilience to communities. Rural watch is an information platform that has been set up by what was formerly Neighbourhood Watch, however the big difference being that any members of the local community can sign up to have the relevant alerts sent to them by various means including E-mail or Text message. To receive free alerts simply register at:

http://www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk

Police Report

Police Report

PC Steven Graham and PC Scott Craigie are the Police Scotland 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 continue to be Antisocial Behaviour, Road Safety, Theft and Community Engagement and Reassurance.

Antisocial Behaviour

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.

Road Safety

Since the last edition of The Wee Vine, there have been several minor road traffic collisions recorded on the roads in and around the Kippen area.

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.

Theft

There have been no thefts reports in the Kippen area since the last issue of The Wee Vine.

However, local residents are reminded of the importance of being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to Police Scotland or CrimeStoppers anonymously, no matter how trivial it may seem.

Community Engagement and Reassurance

As well as regular high visibility patrols in the area, PC Graham and PC Craigie attempt to regularly visit Kippen to carry out road safety duties, including speed enforcement, assist with local community issues and visit community partners within the Kippen area.  These visits are backed up by our colleagues within Balfron Police Office, who regularly carry out routine patrols within the area.

The following is an initiative being run within community policing that we would like to highlight.

DOORSTEP CRIME / BOGUS WORKMEN

What is Doorstep Crime?

Bogus Callers: Will attempt to get into your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they’re not, including:

Council Staff

Meter readers

Charity collectors

Police officers

in reality, they are criminals trying to steal your cash and valuables.

Rogue Traders: Usually cold callers, offering to make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway.  In reality they charge inflated prices for shoddy or often completely unnecessary work.

We do not recommend dealing with cold callers for property maintenance and repairs to your home and garden areas.

Contact your local council to see if they operate a trusted traders scheme or similar, where you will find a list of accredited trades people.

Below is some useful advice and considerations.

Think:

Be on your guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.

Be aware of methods used by criminals to distract you such as being asked to make a phone call, to use your toilet, for a glass of water, or being asked to check your water or gas supplies.

Do not keep large amounts of money at home.

Does your premises or garden really require work to be carried out.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Be vigilant for vulnerable neighbours who may fall foul of these criminals.

About calling the police when you see anything suspicious.

Never let someone you don’t know into your house, if you’re not sure don’t answer the door.

What can I do?

SECURE:

Use a door chain or bar: Always put the chain on before answering the door, and keep it on while taking to callers

If you have a door viewer- use it.

Keep rear, side doors and windows secure.

Don’t feel embarrassed- genuine callers expect you to be careful

Ask for identification, whether you expect anyone or not.

Remember- ID’s can be fake and shouldn’t be relied upon.

Don’t assume a caller is genuine because they are wearing a uniform

Obtain a written quote before agreeing to any work

If you have any doubts, tell the caller to come back when someone else is home, genuine callers won’t mind rearranging

IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT

Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing to immediate work- Never listen to scare stories, beware of traders who suddenly appear after storms or floods and claims of low prices if you sign up immediately.

Don’t agree to buy from the first person who calls- do you really want or need these goods or services

Don’t pay cash up front- never pay for work before it is completed and do not hand over large sums of money

Shop around if you decide you need work done- Get a minimum of three quotes from reputable traders or recommendations from people you trust

Cancellation rights- Any job over £42- traders are required to provide written notice informing the consumer that they have a 14 day cooling off period during which time the consumer can cancel the contract.

Should you require any further information please log onto

http://www.policescotland.co.uk

or contact Police Scotland via 101 or Trading Standards at your local authority on the following numbers

Clackmannanshire Council (01259) 450000

Falkirk Council (01324) 506070

Stirling Council (01786) 404040.

Police Report

Police Report

PC Raymond Murphy and PC Steven Graham are the Police Scotland 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.

Road Safety

Since the last edition of The Wee Vine, there have been several minor road traffic collisions recorded on the roads in and around the Kippen area. However, one collision on the B822, involving two vehicles, did result in serious injury and as a result, one man was charged with an alleged Careless Driving offence.

One motorist was stopped and charged with numerous alleged road traffic offences, including driving without a Driving Licence or Insurance on the B822 at Kippen, whilst another was stopped and arrested for allegedly Drink Driving on the A811 near to Kippen.

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, a speed of 79mph was recorded on the A811 near to Kippen by the Central Scotland Safety Camera Partnership.

Theft

There have been no thefts reports in the Kippen area since the last issue of The Wee Vine.

However, local residents are reminded of the importance of being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to Police Scotland or CrimeStoppers anonymously, no matter how trivial it may seem. Over the past few months, we have received several such reports, and each of these has been investigated and the appropriate action taken. Such reports are always encouraged and welcomed.

Several of the reports received recently have been in relation to possible bogus work being carried out. Local residents are encouraged to look out for each other, and if they have any concerns about work being carried out at the properties of vulnerable neighbours, they should contact Police Scotland or Trading Standards at Stirling Council.

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.

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, is anonymous, and everyone is encouraged to participate in it.

The survey and further information can be found at http://www.scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts.

Paper based surveys are available for those who wish, and these can be obtained by contacting Police Scotland, or at future Community Council meetings where local officers will ensure they are available.

Police Report

Police Report

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.

Antisocial Behaviour

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.

Road Safety

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.

Theft

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