Welcome to our ‘On The Beat’ section covering the Turriff and surrounding area. We are thankfully living in a very safe area with very low 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.
During the last month I have personally attended at both the Turriff and District, as well as the Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter community council meetings where I delivered the Policing report and discussed various issues raised by the council members. The overwhelming and reoccurring complaint related to speeding and parking issues within our towns and villages.
Our first round of Community Surgeries have been completed, with the best turn out being at the Turriff and District surgery, which was held on Friday 15 March at Turriff Primary School, and I would like to thank everyone who turned out to make a worthwhile event. The local Inspector Andy Scott was in attendance along with local Councillors and council departments.
Several points were discussed, including; dangerous and anti-social driving, parking issues and local priorities. Our next round of community surgeries have been earmarked for August time, with dates to be confirmed.
From these discussions with our local communities, the Formartine Community Policing Team, as of the 1st of April 2019 has implemented Operation Illustrious. The aim of which is to focus on tackling speeding and road safety concerns within our area. Dedicated high visibility patrols will be conducted by local officers and supported by our Roads Policing colleagues. The speed patrols will be targeted at areas in which our local communities are reporting the most concern.
In addition; our new Community Beat Officer, PC Doug Donald, has commenced his role within our communities and has begun his engagement work with local community groups. Arrangements are currently being made for PC Donald to host remote Police drop in clinics, whereby he will be setting up the mobile Police Office within our more outlying villages such as Fyvie, Rothienorman and Cuminestown in order for local residents to attend; report crime, discuss issues or simply say hello. The times and dates of these clinics are still to be confirmed but will be advertised closer to the time.
A summary report of incidents during March
During March, we have had thirty four crimes reported and recorded by Police at Turriff. Sixteen of these are already detected and the remaining eighteen are still under investigation, with the majority having positive lines of enquiry going forward.
Of these offences; six relate to road traffic offences including careless driving, drink driving, speeding and use of a mobile phone. Three relate to crimes of violence, two of which were Assaults at licensed premises. Five relate to crimes of disorder, including threatening and abusive behaviour and antisocial type offences. Four relate to Thefts, all of which were shopliftings. Five related to Vandalism, including damage to parked cars and damage to an abandoned building.
Parking continues to be an issue within Turriff. A recent round of information and warning letters have been sent out this week to the residents of the Meadowview area in relation to numerous complaints we have had about parking issues there. Police patrols will be increased and any offending vehicles will be dealt with accordingly.
Further warning letters will be going out in the next week to residents around the Chapel Street and Cheyne’s Lane areas of Turriff in relation to ongoing issues of obstruction of the lanes there. Once again offending vehicles will be dealt with accordingly.
The parking issue I reported on last month on High Street and Main Street, Turriff has been given some attention with a number of foot patrols directed around the Turriff town centre. Several drivers were provided warnings and a number of parking tickets were issued to offending vehicles.
Anti-social / nuisance driving continues to be a common issue within Turriff and dedicated patrols will continue to target this problem. The long standing Operation Tractable is under review and a new initiative designed to tackle this issue will be published in due course.
This month a complaint has been received regarding a large amount of damage caused to a long standing abandoned property on Deveron Road, Turriff. It is suspected that local youths have caused the damage over a period of time, with several windows being smashed, graffiti on the walls, damage to radiators and flooring. If anyone has any information on who is responsible or have seen youths attending in this area then please get in touch via 101, attending at the office or via crime stoppers – 0800 555 111, quoting CF0075510319.
Although not having occurred within the Turriff Policing area, as a local community you may be aware of the high value Theft of farming equipment from the Carnousie area of Turriff. It appears as though high value guidance systems have been targeted by the thieves who have overcome the security of the tractors which housed them. I would appeal to all those involved in the farming community to be extra vigilant for suspicious persons or vehicles at all times of day and night and to report anything out of the ordinary to Police.
Try to make it is unappealing as possible for thieves to operate around your premises, secure your vehicles within outbuilding if possible, otherwise in well-lit areas or areas covered by automatic lighting. If you have CCTV systems, ensure the cameras are clean and operating. Ensure that serials numbers of equipment have been documented so that they can potentially be traced if the worst should happen. If possible remove any high value items, such as the guidance system screens from your vehicles and secure them elsewhere.
Please contact Police if you have any information that could assist with this particular enquiry or have been offered for sale any unusually cheap farming equipment. Being able to provide the registration number of any vehicles associated to these individuals and a good description of what they look like can greatly assists us in these kinds of enquiries.
North East Scotland Rural Crime and Safety Partnership has been set up to specifically target matters affecting rural areas, including road safety, acquisitive crime, agricultural safety, live-stock worrying and hare-coursing.
In addition to this and after recent consultation with the national Neighbourhood Watch and the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC), the Formartine Community Policing Team is keen to encourage local residents to sign up and use “Rural Watch Scotland”. You can register online by visiting: https://member-registration.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/173/Join
We will be looking to use this service more often to issue urgent alerts in relation to rural crimes, offences or other activities which happen within our area. It is a fantastic tool that can be used to provide targeted information to the people who need it most. Sign up is free and doesn’t take long.
With spring having sprung, there is a lot of new life coming into the world all around us and I would like to ask dog owners and walkers to give additional thought to where they walk and to keep extra control over their animals. As the results of them getting into parks with pregnant livestock or indeed young animals can be devastating. Not only for the farmers and their animals but for you and yours as well. You may find yourself being charged and your animal destroyed, so once again; please be mindful.
Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following
- 101 – Non emergency
- Email – TurriffDistrictCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
- Twitter – @NorthEPolice
- Facebook – www.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision
- Web – www.scotland.police.uk
- 999 – Emergency
- 0800 555 111 – Crimestoppers
Sergeant Richard Barnwell