Be safe, be secure is team’s message

Organisers of a 'Be Safe, Be Secure' event running in Kirkcaldy
Organisers of a 'Be Safe, Be Secure' event running in Kirkcaldy
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LANGTONIANS are invited to attend a free information event next week, aimed at creating a safer, more secure environment for us all to live in.

The ‘Be Safe, Be Secure’ event is the brainchild of Kirkcaldy Police’s North Community Team, who are working alongside other agencies, services and support groups from across Fife to bring the event to fruition.

Running from 10.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. in St Bryce Kirk on Friday, March 29, the event offers members of the public to find out more about how they can protect themselves at home and in the community, as well as who is available to help them.

Among those organisations already preparing to take part in the event include Fife Fire and Rescue Service, Fife Council Trading Standards, Social Work and Fife Elderly Forum.

Sergeant Scott Murray told the Press: “Over the last few years, we have noticed an increase in the number of fraudulent schemes that target both the elderly and the vulnerable.

“Fraudsters routinely target our community either by letter, phone or internet scams, or indeed turning up on our doorsteps offering apparent goods or services.

“Unforunately these ‘bogus workers’ or fraudsters can be very proficient at illegally gaining money from our trusting and unsuspecting public.

“Together with our partners, our firm focus behind this day is not to raise the fear of crime or of safety, but through education, inform people what they can do both to protect themselves and to assist the organisations who are in place to support them.”

Trading Standards officers will be on hand to provide details of the work they do and advice on subjects like consumer rights and their Trusted Trader scheme, while Fife Fire and Rescue Service will be answering questions on preventative work, including home surveys and equipment checks.

Gary Dall, station manager at Kirkcaldy Fire Station, said: “This is a great opportunity for the fire service and other agencies to pass on their safety message to one of our most vulnerable groups within the community – the elderly.”

The day itself will feature presentations and informal discussions around topics that have been specifically chosen to raise awareness.

There will be catering facilities on offer for lunch in the church foyer, with the first 100 people through the door receiving a free meal of soup and a cup of tea.

For others, lunch will be available for £3.