Community Police Officers' Report, September 2012
Since the 1st of August 9 crime reports have been submitted, excluding minor road traffic offences.
Of these crimes 4 are detected which relate to:
- 2 Assaults (minor)
- 1 Drink Driving
- 1 Section 178 (Taking car without owner's consent)
5 crimes remains undetected compromising of:
- 2 Breach of the peace, both with named suspects and will be detected.
- 1 Vandalism: Damage to a vehicle in Elm Bank. Named suspect to be traced.
- 2 Thefts from insecure garages. Named suspects and awaiting results from scene of crime examination.
There are very few calls in relation to youths congregating and causing annoyance, however the area of Broom Park West has been highlighted. Youths are knocking on doors and running away causing alarm to the elderly residents. I have in place a meeting with one resident to identify the culprits and warn them accordingly of their inappropriate behaviour.
It has been brought to my attention, again, that the area near to the Scout Hall/Ochil Street is experiencing problems with identified males who are under the influence of either drink or drugs. This pattern does seem to be within the summer months and when we experience good weather. I have had a meeting with a resident who has been advised to call police whenever there is an issue. I will include this area into the ASBIT† patrols and give it extra attention.
Flooding in Menstrie
On the 29th August, numerous calls were received to police regarding extensive flooding in Menstrie due to Menstrie burn having burst its banks as a result of a heavy and sustained downpour. This resulted in the 38 elderly residents of Menstrie House being evacuated and relocated to various other care homes within the region. No injuries were sustained to any party. There was no requirement to evacuate residents from the surrounding houses despite the flooding. A closure was also required on the A91. The Dumyat centre was opened in order to assist with officer welfare and as a meeting point for the various attending agencies.
As a precaution, the local authority as a structural engineer attended on 30/08/2012 to check the bridges over the A91 (at the Tasty bite premises) and also at Midtown. There were no immediate concerns regarding this.
Central Scotland Police emergency planning officer attended as did the local authority emergency planning officer, the fire service, roads department and five further Police officers from Grangemouth assisted. Matters were resolved about 2200hrs with the road being re-opened and all agencies standing down.
Notes on crime
As mentioned in the undetected thefts from insecure garages, I can confirm that these two thefts are linked. Insecure garages have been violated and various property has been stolen, namely high valued fishing equipment.
Two named suspects have been identified and we are awaiting results of Scene of Crime investigations. Can I remind everyone the importance of securing your house, car and outbuildings at all times. Opportunist thieves will try door handles to your car, garages homes in the hope that the owner has been "relaxed" in being security conscious.
If any member of the community is aware of this theft or have knowledge of where the stolen property is, then please call so we can return the items to the rightful owner.
† ASBIT: Antisocial Behaviour Investigation Team, ed.