A new Community Watch partnership has been launched across the region.

A new Community Watch partnership has been launched across the region.

The Perth and Kinross Community Safety Partnership encompasses Perth & Kinross Council, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service along with several other partner agencies - Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), National Farmers Union (NFU) and Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Community Watch is part of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland network and will operate specifically to support local residents, businesses and farming communities, Monday to Friday, during office hours.

One of the main aims of the scheme is to improve the flow of information between the local community, police and other Community Safety Partnership agencies working locally. 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.

Chief Inspector Mike Whitford, Police Commander for Perth and Kinross, said: “The rollout of Community Watch in rural Perth and Kinross builds upon the success of a pilot which has been running in Highland Perthshire since October 2014 and has proved itself to be an effective and valuable communication tool in keeping communities informed towards, in turn, keeping them safe.

“Communities can receive emails on crime in their area along with valuable crime prevention advice which could cover anything from fuel/machinery thefts, wildlife crime, vandalisms or reports of suspicious activity. In addition, communities will also benefit from information from several other agencies all with the aim of community safety.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative and its continued success and would urge those living in rural Perth and Kinross to register for this service.” You can join Perth and Kinross Community Watch by visiting www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk.