First signs of spring ... safety

Spring Into Safety event bringing together organistions offerign practical help in safety issues
Spring Into Safety event bringing together organistions offerign practical help in safety issues
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A joint community initative between the Police and Fife Council entitled ‘Spring Into Safety’ took place at Rothes Halls this week.

The event featured around 20 organisations offering practical advice on everything from internet crime and home safety, to protecting yourself from credit card fraud and cash machine scams.

Inspector Derek Paxton said the intitiative offered a lot of sound advice for the public.

“It’s a worthwhile event bringing a range of agencies and organistions together at one time and forms our proactive approach to giving people all the information and advice possible,” said the inspector.

Councillor Altany Craik, chairman of the Glenrothes Area Committee welcomed the chance for residents to learn more about keeping safe.

“We all want to feel safe in our own homes and the spring into safety event has some great ways to help our most vulnerable ranging from video door viewers to personal alarms to advice on keeping valuables safe,” he told the Gazette.

“Working together with Police Scotland we are launching a no cold calling pilot in Woodside and I look forward to seeing the impact this will have.

“However, safety doesn’t just apply to the doorstep and at the event today many support organisations reminded us how varied the problems are.

“Drug and alcohol awareness features in many of our problem behaviours.

“A special mention needs to go to Fife Women’s Aid and the White Ribbon Campaign for the vital work they do in raising awareness of domestic abuse and supporting those who need help.

“Exhibition’s like spring into safety are a gold mine of help and support and those who attended left better informed and hopefully a little bit safer.”

The event drew praise from many of those who attended, including Peter Scobie from Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie Community Council.

He said: “Even in my role as community councillor I’ve learned so much today and will be feeding it back to our residents.

“It would be worthwhile to maybe have several of these events through the year in different parts of the town.”