Highland: Community Safety

In 2016 there were 156 crimes recorded per 10,000 population (SIMD 2016) and a total of 159. Crime rates in the locality remain well below the national average.

In the Highland/ Wards Police Scotland  identified Speeding and inconsiderate driving, drug use and distribution, housebreaking and theft, and antisocial behaviour as issues being faced by the community.

Police Scotland has committed to continued targeting of specific roads which have been reported by the community, as well as known risk areas. Officers have worked closely with the Trunk Road Policing Unit to reduce casualties on the A9 trunk road in particular.

Police Scotland have been using local and national operations to use resources in identifying those perpetrators involved with these crimes of dishonesty, and ensuring those persons are convicted. The Police service has identified criminals who are travelling from neighbouring divisions as responsible for these crimes. Rural Watch is a further tool police are utilising to ensure lines of communication are kept open between themselves and the community.

To tackle anti-social behaviour Police use a multi-agency approach to ensure they receive real time details of ongoing issues, by utilising information forums, such as Community Councils, Rural Watch and schools.

Police will visit victims of domestic crimes to ensure they are safe. Domestic perpetrators will be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they do not reoffend in any way.

Police Scotland aim to reduce the risk of harm caused by alcohol related violence, by targeting problem areas and working in partnership with Community Wardens and will continue to carry out visits to, and patrol in the areas of licensed premises ensuring that any antisocial behaviour is dealt with robustly and kept to a minimum, to maintain a safe environment for the local community.

Community Watch

P&K Community Watch is part of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland network and will operate specifically to support local residents, businesses and farms from Monday to Friday, during office hours. One of the main aims of the scheme is to improve communications between the local community, police and other Community Safety Partnership agencies working in the area. Sharing information and advice can help prevent crimes, making the gathering of information simpler and help link together a community spread across a wide geographic area.

Community Safety

An Aberfeldy Community Warden post has been created this is a post will have the remit of a Safer Community Warden and Retained Firefighter. The role is funded for two years by Perth and Kinross Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Thereafter, if it is deemed to have been successful by the community, funding will have to be raised locally, if it is to continue.

The area has 4 Community Fire Stations in Dunkeld, Kinloch Rannoch, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.

Resilience Plans

Many communities have Resilience Plans in place to deal with the impact of serve weather.

Pitlochry and Moulin Community Emergency Plan (Updated in 2015)