PC providing alarms by the shedload

ANTI-crime campaigners in the area hope to shift garden alarms by the shedload.

Local community safety officer, PC Kevin Russell, hopes to make free garden shed alarms available to owners in Levenmouth who may need them, following a rise in incidents.

Last week’s meeting of Levenmouth Community Safety Panel heard shed break-ins, classed as crimes of dishonesty, had risen over the four months from April to July, while other recorded crime categories were down, with improved detection rates.

Break-ins to sheds and similar buildings were now accounting for more cases than forced entry to houses and domestic properties, the meeting heard, while there had also been numerous pedal cycle thefts.

PC Russell said the shed alarms, which reacted to movement and were vibration sensitive, would hopefully be provided to householders in areas likely to be targeted.

He also highlighted the police’s bicycle security scheme, in which owners could bring their bikes to the station and receive a special sticker.

The bike’s serial number and other details were registered with an online firm, to help identify it if it was stolen, while owners could log on and add more if they wished.

There had been a spate of thefts from the Maple Gardens area of Methil, said PC Russell, but all the bicyles had been recovered.

Greater account is also being taken of area crime levels and recognised need when processing requests for the Panel’s neighbour alarms, added PC Russell.

Anyone wishing more information on any of the initiatives can contact PC Russell on 01592 518922.