Welcome to the police Scotland ‘On The Beat’ covering the Turriff area.
We are thankfully living in very safe area with very low level crime levels and those that do occur are detected very quickly. Each month, I will highlight just some of the crimes that have occurred and where we may need your help and also highlight some other topics of interest.
Incidents during November
A new member of staff has joined the team at Turriff. PC Kyle Robertson moves to the Formartine area after a spell in Aberdeen city, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge from his previous post. Kyle has told me that he is keen to get involved in local issues and meet with the local community to address concerns and tackle problems.
During the month of November, Operation Tractable continues to target anti-social driving with one driving served with an anti-social behaviour warning. This allows Officers to seize the offending drivers vehicle or any other vehicle driven by them in a careless manner at any time over the next 12 months. An update was also received from partner agencies and it is hoped that physical measures to slow drivers down in the town centre and redirect anti-social driving elsewhere, should begin in early 2019. Members of the public are encouraged to contact Police on 101 or 999 and report incidents involving poor standards of driving in the town centre in order that further action can be taken.
At a National Level, Police Scotland have launched a page on the internet dedicated to young people. The page is directed at persons aged between 5 and 19 years old and will provide information and guidance on a wide number of subjects. The page can be found at http://www.scotland.police.uk/youth-hub/.
Keep Yourself Safe
The festive season is almost upon us with and thoughts turn to Christmas parties and nights out. ‘Hoolie in the Haughs’ is on the 2 nd of December and ‘Hogmany in the Haughs’ for New Years Eve.
Be sure to keep yourself safe by planning your route home, don’t be tempted to take your car keys with you! Book a taxi or nominate a designated driver.
Keep an eye on your drinks and don’t leave them unattended. Keep personal possessions such as mobile phones, wallets, purses and handbags close at hand or in the care of someone within your party.
Monitor your alcohol intake. A little too much could result in an incident meaning you may spend a weekend in custody and banned from licensed premises.
More specific to Turriff, two well publicised events will be taking place in December. This will result in large crowds in the town on the 22 nd and 31 st December. The events in question are a great opportunity for the town to put itself on the map and hopefully be the start of an annual event with big acts being attracted to the North East. Be sure to heed the above advice enjoy the festive season.
The Turriff area has Police staff 24 hours a day but the Turriff Station may only be open between 9am and 5pm during weekdays.
If you would like to report anything to the Police please use either our non-emergency number 101 or via www.scotland.police.uk or if you wish to remain anonymous, then use Crimestopers on 0800 555111.
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