June & July police report for Turriff & District ward

The Police Scotland report for the Ward 7 area for June & July 2020

Ward 7 Community Council Report
TURRIFF AND DISTRICT
FYVIE, ROTHIENORMAN AND MONQUHITTER
AUCHTERLESS, INVERKEITHNY AND FISHFORD
METHLICK

Community Council Report

This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 area during June & July 2020.

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

Community Policing Priorities

Ward overview:

Community Council AreaNo. of Crime Reports
Turriff and District41
Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter8
Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fisherford
Methlick3

Note: Please be advised that the numbers above relate to individual crime reports recorded by Police Scotland during the review period. A single crime report may contain multiple offences.

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:

During this period there have been eleven crimes reported of this type.  Four minor Assaults were reported, three in the Turriff area and one in Methlick.  Five reports of Threatening and Abusive behaviour were received, three of which occurred in Turriff, one in Fyvie and one in Methlick.  The majority of the above reports have been detected, with the few remaining under investigation with positive lines of enquiry. There has been one reported vandalism at a rural property within the Rothienorman area and one report of wilful fire-raising to an unoccupied caravan at a rural location in the Turriff area.  These remain under investigation.

Acquisitive Crime:

I am pleased to report that over this period the number of acquisitive crimes have reduced significantly on the previous reporting period. This month has seen eight reports of this crime type.

There have been five reported Theft by shopliftings from stores within Turriff and a report of Theft of a child pedal cycle, all of these have been detected with them all being attributed to two individuals from out with the Formartine area.  

There has been one report of Theft from a motor vehicle from a rural location in the Turriff area, whereby a window has been smashed and items taken from within.  This incident is still under investigation.

We have also received a report of Fraud this month from the Turriff area whereby the victim has been contacted via telephone by someone posing as their bank, a low four figure sum has been lost as a result.  This is currently being investigated by our fraud team.

Road Safety & Road Crime:

Formartine CPT supported by Roads Policing Teams continue to target anti-social driving within Turriff and the surrounding areas.  As lockdown has eased we have seen the return of the usual problems associated with Turriff High Street, Tesco Car Park and Turriff Primary School, along with some additional issues in relation to the new one way system and reduced speed limit in the town centre.

Officers from the Formartine Community Policing Team are dedicated to improving road safety in our area and will combat this issue wherever it is found.  To that end Operation Illustrious has been renewed for another year and will see specific speeding patrols being deployed throughout Formatine.

During this period there has been twenty three recorded road traffic offences in our area.  There have been nine reports of no insurance, six reports of careless driving and two reports of excess speed.  There have also been several other reports including; failing to stop after an accident, bald tyres, overloaded trailers, driving with defective eyesight and driving with no license.  The majority of these offences have been detected across the Turriff, Fyvie, Cuminestown and the A947 corridor. 

Other incidents:

Controlled drugs and their use/sale remains an issue across all Local Policing Areas in the North East however, with the support of the community and regular reporting on drug dealing and drug use, Officers from the Formartine Local Policing Team will continue to proactively tackle those involved in this type of crime.  Any information available from members of the public is invaluable and can be passed to Police using any of the below ‘Contact Us’ methods.

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During this period, as part of a specific Operation Abacablue deployment, local officers have stopped and searched a number of individuals.  As a result five persons have been charged and reported for being found in possession of controlled drugs in the Turriff and Fyvie areas and two individuals have been reported for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs, both from the Turriff area.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

Operation Cedar

Operation CEDAR continues to target driver behaviour with a focus on education of poor behaviours.  This core operation forms a key part of our local anti-social behaviour / driving campaign, Operation ILLUSTRIOUS and Operation ABACABLUE.

Rural Watch

North East Scotland Rural Crime and Safety Partnership have 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 neighbourhoodalert.co.uk.

Police Scotland regularly use this service as a means to convey various information about our local area.  It has the benefit of being able to include more detailed information than is possible in a social media post, so it is really worthwhile signing up.  Sign up is free and doesn’t take long.

Covid-19

Over this reporting period we have seen vast changes in relation to lockdown and how the easing of conditions is affecting our daily lives.

It is everyone’s own responsibility to keep yourself and your families safe. 

Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and other places where effective social distancing is unlikely.

The conditions for licensed premises have eased considerably with them now being able to host patrons internally.  I would remind everyone attending at these establishments to abide by the social distancing measures to keep themselves and others safe.  This is also how you can support your local bars and restaurants, as if patrons are found breaching these measures then they may be forced to close again.

Further information and details can be found here on the Public Health Matters Blog
Information regarding your rights and responsibilities of access can be found here on the Aberdeenshire Council website.

Fraud

During lockdown there has been increased instances of Fraud being discovered throughout the country.  Specifically, online (email) or telephone frauds.

The best stance to take for any email or phone call you receive that you haven’t been expecting, regardless of who it is from, is to treat it with some suspicion.  Emails will often report to be from trusted sources, such as banks or HMRC etc, but upon closer inspection of the actual email address you will likely notice obvious signs that it is not from a genuine source.

In relation to phone calls, it is always best practice to ask for the name, company, department / office where the person is calling from and reference number for the call (if they have one), advise them that you will phone them back.  Thereafter do your own research, i.e. search for an officially held number for the company / bank and then phone them back.  This way you can be sure you are speaking to a genuine person.

Finally and most importantly, never send money or pass your account details to anyone you do not know, or cannot verify their authenticity.  Your bank will never ask you to do this.  If there is offer of a reward that sounds too good to be true if you comply with a transfer request, then it likely is.

Further information can be found here on the Police Scotland website.

If members of the community witness any suspicious activity it can be reported to the Police using the methods detailed below.

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