Police Ponderings - Summer events bring challenges

The summer holiday period is well and truly upon us and with that comes various events in the Kincardine and Mearns area.

Events such as the Folk Music Festival, Party in the Park, the International Beer Happening and the Street Football and Climbing wall have all taken place recently.

All of these events bring their own challenges to the police service whether that be with an influx of people to the area with their vehicles making the roads busier or people coming to the area who are not sure of their surroundings.

I have to say that each of these events have been well attended and have passed without incident from a policing perspective. This is a credit to all those involved from the planning stage, to those working the events on the day through to those attending the events. The overwhelming majority of people attending these events have behaved in a very responsible manner and enjoyed the events for what they are - community events designed to showcase the area and its many amenities. It is good to see the community running these events and we would like to thank all involved for participating responsibly.

That does not mean that we can afford to be complacent though. We have had an increase in the number of suspicious incidents linked to opportunist thieves coming into the Kincardine and Mearns area looking for insecure houses and cars. Please ensure that you are taking all reasonable steps to protect your property and locking your vehicles and houses. Don’t give these individuals a chance of making off with your goods.

Again, the majority of calls we receive relate to people driving in an inconsiderate manner either commuting to or from their work. It only takes a momentary lapse of concentration to become involved in a crash and the higher the speed, the higher the likelihood of serious injuries being suffered. Please slow down, be aware of those around you and drive considerately. Even think about leaving for work earlier so you don’t have to rush.

Unusually for this area, we had a break in to a flat in the town centre of Stonehaven, where two very distinctive guitars and electrical items were stolen. If you have any knowledge of who may have committed this break in, or information that may assist with our enquiries please phone the Police on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

We are available on Twitter and you can follow us on there if you wish. We use this to report on immediate issues, such as found dogs, road closures, missing persons as well as to pass on useful advice from our partner agencies. This past month we have been posting advice in relation to Scam Awareness Month and how to avoid being caught in a scam. Our address is @ShireSouthPol. We look forward to seeing you there!

Found Property

Our recent found property that has been handed in to Stonehaven Police Office since June 2015 includes;

Various keys

Bracelet (broken fastening)

Samsung S4

Spectacles

Samsung Galaxy

Fitbit

Pedal Cycle

Earrings

Gardening Tools

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