Starting university or college can mean some significant life changes - making new friends, studying in a new town, going out to new places and living independently for the first time. However, some of these changes could also increase your risk of becoming a victim of crime.
Start out in the safest way possible, take some simple steps to protect yourself and your property, and above all keep safe.
Home and Personal Safety
Take care when arranging accommodation – don’t leave yourself open to fraud and find you’ve nowhere to live when you arrive. Properly research any potential property.
Make sure potential landlords have the appropriate local authority licence. Landlords of student flats may need a licence for a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’, which aims to ensure that the accommodation is safe, well managed and of good quality.
Think about your level of security – are there working locks on doors and windows? Ensure you close them every time you go out.
Record details of all your valuables and mobile property, including phones, laptops, cameras and tablets at www.immobilise.com
Always use passwords or PINS on mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktops.
Use privacy settings on social networking sites and think carefully about who you make an online friend.
What goes online stays online – don’t leave yourself open to criminal charges or vulnerable to blackmail. Think carefully about what you’re saying and pictures you are posting on social networking sites.
Find more information at www.getsafeonline.com
Socialising is a major part of student life. Keep these simple steps in mind when partying.
Plan your night out including how to get home.
Take your mobile phone with you and make sure it’s charged.
If you leave a drink unattended then don’t go back to it.
Be sensible about how much alcohol you drink - a drunk person is more vulnerable and an easier target for criminals.
If you feel very drunk or unwell, ask a trusted friend or a member of the club or management to help.
Drink responsibly and remember that your actions impact on others - alcohol can reduce self-control, know your limits.
Avoid getting involved in anti-social behaviour or violent confrontation, remember even one punch can have fatal consequences and ruin two lives.
Stick with friends and avoid leaving parties or nights out with strangers, look after one another and make sure you all get home safely, avoid travelling alone.
Look after bags and valuables. Don’t attract attention to your phone, especially if under the influence of alcohol.
Keep enough money to pay for your journey home.
Never drive under the influence of drink or drugs
Using illegal drugs, illicit substances or other non-prescription medicines endangers your health and your life; there is no real way of knowing exactly what you are taking or how your body will react. They can contain unknown chemicals which can be harmful, even fatal.
Mixing drugs and alcohol can produce chemical reactions which you cannot control. Why jeopardise your health and safety?
Possessing illegal drugs can have legal consequences, affecting the rest of your life. Why jeopardise your future career or travel opportunities with a drug conviction?
I note the conviction of local man Graham Malcolm of being concerned in the supply of cocaine at Broxden Park & Ride, Perth on 3rd May. Malcolm was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment at Edinburgh High Court however was also ordered to complete 2 years of the unexpired part of a previous sentence.
On Thursday 15th August, a 62 year old man was arrested for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 after officers recovered a cannabis cultivation when executing a drugs search warrant at an address in Braco. (CR/21453/19)
Between 6pm, Sunday 11th and 8pm, Monday 12th August, a blue Mongoose BMX Bike was stolen from a garden in Tulloch Hill, Perth. (CR/21347/19)
Between 7pm, Monday 12th and 5:30am, Tuesday 13th August, damage was caused to a red Vauxhall Astra parked in Murray Crescent, Perth, after a boulder was placed on its bonnet. (CR/21399/19)
Between 9pm, Wednesday 14th and 1pm, Thursday 15th August, a gold Rover 25 was scratched whilst parked in Huntingtower Road, Perth. (CR/21617/19)
Between 11pm, Wednesday 31st July and 3am, Thursday 1st August, a red and black Apollo Mountain Bike was stolen from Watergate, Perth. (CR/21667/19)
Between Tuesday 13th and Sunday 18th August, a break in occurred to a garage at Dupplin Terrace, Perth. (CR/21715/19)
Between midnight and 9am on Friday 16th August, graffiti was sprayed on the side of National Repair Centre, Strathtay Road, Perth. (CR/21969/19)
About 5pm, Sunday 18th August, property was stolen from a coach parked at Perth Racecourse, Scone
Between 11:30am and 2:30pm, Wednesday 14th August, 2 tyres were slashed on a blue Vauxhall Corsa parked in Hatton Road, Rattray. (CR/21374/19)
Between Thursday 1st and Monday 5th August a wooden gate was damaged at a property in Balmoral Road, Rattray. (CR/21905/19)
Between 2pm and 4pm, Saturday 10th August, a trailer was stolen from Princes Croft, Coupar Angus. (CR/21571/19)
On the afternoon of Thursday 15th August, a male aged between 20-30 years old with black wavy hair, a black beard and wearing an orange Hi-Viz jumper attended at shops in Murthly and Bankfoot with fake £50 notes. Business owners are reminded to be vigilant and ensure all staff are aware to carry out checks on notes which are suspected to be counterfeit. (CR/21863/19)
Between 7pm, Thursday 15th and 7pm, Friday 16th August, an oil can and a fuel can were stolen from an outbuilding at Craig More Lodge, Butterstone, Dunkeld. (CR/21635/19)
Between 5:30pm, Thursday 15th and 9am, Friday 16th August a break in occurred at Heaven Scent, South Street, Milnathort. (CR/21524/19)
Between 4pm and 5pm, Friday 16th August, a quad bike was stolen from Meikle Seggie Farm, Milnathort. (CR/21575/19)
Overnight on Wednesday 31st July, a hide was damaged at Loch Leven Nature Trail, Kinross. (CR/21605/19)
About 4pm, Friday 16th August, a green Merida Mountain Bike was stolen from Sands Road, Kinross. A male aged between 20-25 years old, stocky build, wearing a dark baseball cap, dark North Face ribbed jacket and dark jogging bottoms was seen to take the bike. (CR/21575/19)
Between 5:15pm, Monday 19th and 8:30am, Tuesday 20th August, Complete Look, Kinross was broken into (CR/21903/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
As we receive reports of crime, the information is shared on https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/
I would encourage you to sign up for notifications.
Guidance on how to protect your property is available via Community Watch as well as on the Police Scotland Website, just click or copy and paste the following links:-