I am writing to advise of the launch of the Clydesdale Contact Group, a contact system administered by the Safer Communities Department in Lanark Police Office. I also wish to explain a little bit about how the contact system works to give you an understanding of these improvements.
Some of you already receive emails from us, but the name is new. For some, this is your first email. Welcome to the group.
Some of you will be unaware that Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch Scotland run from the same platform. This gives Police Scotland an opportunity to contact both groups with targeted information. From now on, regardless of which system you signed up to, you will receive emails from Police Scotland on matters relative to your community. These will have the name "Clydesdale contact group" in the header.
Some of you already receive emails from the Safer Communities Department, in the form of appeals, information and crime roundups. However it was discovered that some people in Clydesdale were not on the list. This has been resolved, and everyone who uses the system in the Clydesdale is now added to the "Clydesdale contact group".
All of the emails you will receive will have information of importance on them. When we send out crime round-ups or appeals, they will only contain crimes with important information thereon. For example, there may be two appeals for witnesses to break-ins in Biggar. In this instance, not only are we looking for witnesses, we hope that residents of Biggar and beyond will consider their home security.
Secondly, where we have been tackling issues, you will be among the first to know. For example, you may see two reports of persons charged with alleged motoring offences. Whilst we cannot be specific, you should know that these incidents will be serious in nature and will address public concern, such as speeding, dangerous/drink driving etc.
When we send out apparently generic crime prevention advice, it will always be in response to an emerging trend in Clydesdale or which may affect Clydesdale in the near future. For example, if we send out advice to ensure your car is locked at all times and valuables removed, we hope to prevent you becoming a victim of car crime which has happened elsewhere. You may receive an email asking you to be sure your doors and windows are locked at all times. You may feel that this is stating the obvious, however officers may be aware that sneak-in theft is happening near Clydesdale, and are making an effort to prevent it in your locality. In essence, crime prevention advice will be specific to an issue we are currently addressing and wish to prevent.
When you do receive information from the Clydesdale contact group, however, you should not be alarmed. Our only aim is to provide quality, relevant information and advice and give you peace of mind.
Some of the information we provide will also be circulated in other media, however it can become diluted in the white noise of information and updates. I hope that when you receive information from myself or others administering the Clydesdale contact group that you find it informative, relevant and of comfort.
PC James Higgins
Safer Communities Department
Lanark Police Office.