This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Forres and Speyside Community Council area during the period 1 September to 26 September 2019. 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.

Local Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder
The numbers of Antisocial Behaviour incidents within the Forres and Speyside areas have been kept to a low level. Community Policing Team officers have responded to calls concerning youths throwing items at street lighting and at passing vehicles in the Pilmuir area and patrols in the area have been increased. High visibility visits to licensed premises and increased patrols have been carried out by Community Policing Team officers with the assistance of the Divisional Alcohol & Violence Reduction Unit in response to a recent spate of alcohol related assaults. During September there have been no assaults attributed to local licensed premises. There have been a total of 11 Assault reports during the period. None of these have resulted in serious injury. As a result of intelligence led incidents, 3 persons have been charged in relation to drug possession offences. Any information relating to the misuse of drugs can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

There were 11 reports of Vandalism in September. An incident of note was a disturbance which occurred at an address in Pilmuir Road, Forres, during which the windows of the property were smashed. Two males were arrested in connection with this incident and appeared in court from custody.

Acquisitive Crime
Attempted Frauds continue to come to our attention. As previous information has been sent out it relates to phone scams from persons purporting to be from the bank, internet or phone providers. The rouse can be that they have noticed suspicious activity on your card/account and want you to create a new account or move the money to another account provided by them. Another version is that they say they are from your internet provider and need you to log on to your device where they then will get to you allow them to take over your device, this way they will try to get your bank details or passcodes. Do not provide information to these callers at all.

Hang up. If you have moved any money or changed accounts at the caller’s persuasion then immediately call your bank – ensure that you hear a dial tone when you pick up your home phone to ensure the scammers have hung up. Block the caller’s number on your mobile or home phone. Ensure that security on your computer is up to date.

No thefts have been reported in the Forres and Speyside area during the period.

Road Safety & road crime
Concerns have been raised regarding inappropriate parking by parents at drop-off and pick-up times at local schools, including parking on double yellow lines and zig-zag markings, resulting in pupils being put at unnecessary risk when crossing roads. Patrols have been instigated and any offences detected will be dealt with robustly with offenders likely to be issued fixed penalty tickets or reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Since the last report 2 drivers have been reported for careless driving, 1 driver has been charged with speeding and crossing the solid white lines on the A96 near Alves, 1 driver has been reported regarding using a hand-held device whilst driving. 1 driver has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and had his car seized after being found to be driving without insurance. No drivers have been found to be driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

We will continue to carry out periodic speed checks in areas highlighted to us to where there is a perceived problem. We would encourage communities to keep contacting us so that we can work together to stop this happening.

Community Engagement & Reassurance
Following a Locality Management Group Meeting, plans are in place to try to set up a youth community council to gather the views of the children and young people in our area. We fully support this move and look forward to hearing their views and how we can assist and meet their needs.

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