Perth & Kinross Local Area Police Commander’s Bulletin

Perth & Kinross Local Area Police Commander’s Bulletin

Wednesday 18th May 2022 Motorcycle SafetyPerthshire is blessed with beautiful scenery and roads that are favoured by motorcyclists but over the past few years that is not been without its tragedies. The consequences of being involved in any crash while riding a motorbike can be serious.  Motorbike riders should not over estimate their own abilities and should at all times ride defensively. The majority of road crashes are avoidable and often involve basic errors of judgement being made.There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of crashing on a motorbike: Take time to negotiate bends on rural A roadsTake extra care at junctions – remember in a busy environment or built up areas you could get lost to other drivers in all the activityTake care when overtaking and only overtake when it is safe to do soKnow your cycle and how to manage it if you do start to feel like you are losing control. Clothing is particularly important when riding a motorbike.  Your clothing is important for your visibility and for your safety.  During the day you should ensure you are wearing bright or fluorescent colours over your protective clothing and in the evening reflective clothing should be worn. A helmet is required by law when riding a motorbike. I would also encourage other road users to;Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you’re approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too. Keep your distance, driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist.Check for bikes when changing lanes, a motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot.Check for bikes when turning, parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.Motorcyclists might pass you on either side – double-check for motorcyclists, whether you’re turning left or right. UPDATESA 31 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving whilst unfit and possession of cocaine in Newhouse Road, Perth on Friday 13th May.A 60 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for careless driving after being responsible for a 2 vehicle road traffic collision where he struck a motorcyclist with his car in Atholl Street, Perth on Saturday 14th May.A 46 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving whilst unfit through drugs on The B953 between Abernyte and Campmuir on Saturday 14th May.A 51 year old woman was arrested for drink driving after a 1 vehicle road traffic collision in Anderson Place, Alyth on Sunday 15th May.During the last week 5 drivers have been found to be without insurance, 3 had no licence and 1 had no MOT.RECENT INCIDENTS Between 10:45am and 11:30am, Tuesday 10th May, a black leather handbag was stolen from CATH Charity Shop, High Street, Perth. (CR/21622/22)Between 8am, Thursday 12th and 9am, Friday 13th May, a wallet was stolen from a red Seat Ibiza parked in Moredun Terrace, Perth. (CR/21551/22)Between 7pm, Tuesday 10th and 8am, Wednesday 11th May, a window was smashed at Crieff Health Centre. (CR/20621/22)Between 9pm, Monday 9th and 2pm, Tuesday 10th May, 2 Kinve solar panels were stolen from the roof of a property in Church Street, Milnathort. (CR/21152/22)About 3:30am, Saturday 14th May, a young male was seen to damage a door at a property in Victoria Street, Rattray. (CR/21612/22)Between 8pm, Friday 13th and 1:45pm, Sunday 15th May, a copper Peugeot 3008 was damaged in Wallace Place, Longforgan. (CR/21527/22)Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident.  Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Regards,Tom LeonardChief Inspector      Local Area CommanderPerth and KinrossFURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS As we receive reports of crime, the information is shared on https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/ I would encourage you to sign up for notifications.Guidance on how to protect your property is available via Community Watch as well as on the Police Scotland Website, just click or copy and paste the following link:-https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/Keep up to date with everything we are doing and all appeals by visiting the following sites:-https://twitter.com/policescotlandhttps://www.facebook.com/PoliceScotlandhttp://www.scotland.police.uk/http://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/