The ‘coffee with cops’ approach in Glenrothes

Glenrothes community sergeant Kenny Greig joins members of the Glenrothes Community Safety Partnership
Glenrothes community sergeant Kenny Greig joins members of the Glenrothes Community Safety Partnership

Police in Glenrothes have joined forces with community groups as part of a wide-ranging festive crime prevention campaign.

Officers and members of Glenrothes Community Safety Partnership (GCSP) kicked off the initiative in the town’s Kingdom Shopping Centre on Thursday offering safety and crime prevention information and also giving the public the chance to have an informal chat with their Local Community Teams.

And the ‘Coffee with Cops’ approach has already proved popular with many shoppers stopping to learn more on ways of improving home and personal safety.

Kenny Greig, Glenrothes Community Sergeant told the Gazette his officers were working hard to reach as many people as possible with the message of keeping safe this Christmas.

He said: “During this busy Christmas period people’s attention turns to home security and also personal safety due to the darker nights.

“We have a number of devices available which can enhance personal and physical security at low cost.

“Why not come along and meet with their community officer and see the products we have available.

“Alternatively these items are for sale throughout the year by contacting Glenrothes Community Team.”

The initiative forms part of Fife Policing Division’s commitment to local communities and is part of Glenrothes Police’s Festive Safety Campaign which will continue throughout December and beyond.

The campaign will also see officers engaging with members of the public in libraries and shops providing personal safety and security advice at display stands, ensuring that officers are visible and available to members of the community to answer any concerns.

Dick Jones, chairman of GCSP, said: “The safety days provide ideal opportunities to get community safety and crime prevention messages across and give people the chance to purchase items of equipment which could improve their personal security or the security of their homes or garden sheds.”

A range of safety events will be taking place throughout the region across the Christmas and new year period.

Wide-ranging plan to keep people safe

The ‘Coffee with Cops’ approach is just one aspect of a wide-reaching policing initiative across the Glenrothes area over the festive period.

Community officers will be supporting wardens and neighbourhood watch groups carrying out patrols in various areas and identifying various security improvements that can be introduced to beat the opportunist criminal.

Police Scotland is also committed to reducing the number of housebreakings and ‘sneak in’ type crimes.

A season campaign entitled ‘After Dark’ will see officers aiming to deter would -be criminals by visiting residents and and offering advice to secure homes which otherwise would appear vulnerable during the hours of darkness.

A travelling Santa has also joined Glenrothes police in the efforts to reinforce the road safety message to primary school pupils.