Advice to Business Owners

By bellmannews / June 4, 2020
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Latest crime report and advice from Police Scotland –

THIS report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Kincardine and Mearns area for the period 1 to 31 May 2020.

The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, and to provide crime prevention advice and guidance to residents.  Our focus is to reduce crime and disorder, help create safer communities and respond effectively to local concerns.

Community Policing Priorities

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:

There has been a slight increase in the number of Antisocial Behaviour calls within Kincardine and Mearns for the month of May, with 37 incidents reported.

Most of the increase was due to neighbour related disturbances, and most relating to breach of COVID-19 Government guidelines (Five of the calls related to complaints regarding a drum teacher practicing)

We value the continued support of our community across Kincardine and Mearns and encourage them to contact us where there are any antisocial behaviour issues.

There were 3 minor assault crime files raised within the May period, which is level with the previous month and all of these are detected.

There were no serious assaults reported during May

Acquisitive Crime:

There have been 5 thefts in the Kincardine and Mearns area this month, this is an increase of 2. Of these, 2 have been detected at this time and enquiries are still being made into the other offences.

There has been 1 theft by housebreaking reported this month.

Road Safety & road crime:

Drink/Drug Driving

In May there were no reports submitted for drug/drink drivers.

Dangerous Driving

There has been 1 instance of dangerous driving and has been reported to the PF for consideration of prosecution.

Careless Driving

There have been no reported incident of careless driving this month.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

COVID-19 still impacts upon the reported figures especially in relation to ASB. The clear and current message is “Social Distancing”, to which the majority of the public are adhering.

Coronavirus – Crime Prevention Advice

During these unprecedented times a large number of business premises and commercial vehicles will be empty or left unattended. Below are some general crime prevention tips that may assist your organisation at this time.

Test your alarm, ensure it is monitored and fully operational 

Ensure service doors are closed and locked when not in use  

Make sure you have list of key holders who can be contacted in times of emergency.

Consider moving high value items into secured stockrooms and out of view

Ensure keys to the premises or other venues are not left inside and are instead with dedicated key holders.

Review your CCTV to confirm it is operational, provides good quality images and is positioned to cover as much of the stores public and private areas. You may wish to consider a mobile phone app that allows connectivity and a vocal capacity to engage with any intruder 

Ensure that no cash is retained on the premises overnight (consider placing a note on the entrance door to your premises stating that no cash or valuables are kept overnight) or store monies in a security accredited safe bolted to the floor  

Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, it’s a good idea to mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray.

Consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools – a number of security rated products are available.

You can also take photographs of items of value, make a note of the serial numbers and consider registering them online at a property register site.

Contact Us

Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:

Inspector Allen Shaw

Stonehaven Community Policing Team