People in north east Fife generally feel safer and are less worried about crime than people living elsewhere in the Kingdom.
The results of a survey by Fife Community Safety Partnership show only eight per cent of respondents in north east Fife feel worried that they may be a victim of crime, compared with a Fife average of 19 per cent.
The partnership has also highlighted a number of crime-reducing initiatives in the area, including internet safety briefing sessions at Bell Baxter High in Cupar, young people participating in youth intervention evenings in St Andrews and Anstruther to address offending behaviour, and targeted work to tackle problems of anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Frances Melville, who chairs the North East Fife area committee, said: “The numerous activities taking place across the area not only tackle problems of crime and anti-social behaviour, but help people feel safer in their communities.”
Tay Bridgehead councillor Tim Brett, said the findings reflected the fact that crime had gone down in Fife, and he highlighted one particular initiative benefitting north east Fife.
“It was encouraging to hear that Rural Watch has 207 farms and rural properties on its database, all contactable via email, who are advised of any suspicious activity at Fife rural premises,” he said. “Over the next few months it is hoped that they will contact more rural properties, inviting them to join the network.”