INCREASED foot patrols were implemented in Kirriemuir last week in light of an alleged armed raid at the Autosales garage in the town.
As two men, aged 34 and 27 years, were charged in connection with the alleged incident - the police were quick to offer public reassurances that they were dealing with community concerns.
Community liaison officer Constable Pam Colvin told the “Dispatch” and “Herald”: “Obviously we are aware of community concerns on the back of what happened.
“We understand the public will be concerned with regards to safety and crime. We are carrying out high visibility foot patrols in the area.”
She also spoke of the public’s concerns over drugs use in the town and added: “We are also aware of the community’s concerns in relation to drugs and needles being found in the town centre, including the area round the Peter Pan statue.
“I am taking that on personally. If anyone has any information in relation to the location of drugs items like needles then we would ask them to contact us at Kirriemuir Police station or telephone 0300 111 22222 so we can uplift any of the needles.”
Through our new Kirriemuir Herald Facebook page we asked for the public’s views on street safety.
Zoe Bowie felt the streets were not safe and asked that, whilst the Police were on the streets after the Autosales incident, “where were they before?”
She added she very rarely saw police presence unless outside Buddies on a Saturday night.
Julie Mcintosh added she too felt the streets were not safe adding “I’ve heard so many people say they want to get their kids out of Kirrie and can’t blame them.”
In the meantime, the Police in Kirriemuir are investigating a number of cases and are appealing to the public for help.
If you have any information which can help the police with their enquiries, please contact them on the above number, quoting the crime number listed.
CR/8946/12 - a quantity of diesel was stolen from a lorry parked in Bellies Brae car park between 8.30 pm on March 14 and 7.30 am on March 15.
CR/8921/12 - a car parked in Elm Road, Kirriemuir was vandalised between 10 pm on March 16 and 12 noon on March 17.
CR/8428/12 - a garden seat was stolen from Bank Close between 8 pm and 8.30 pm. on March 13.
CR/8258/12 - theft by shop lifting in the Co-op, Roods at 9.45 am on March 12.
CR/8489/12 - theft of diesel from a farm in the Glenisla area between 12 noon on January 25 and 8 am on March 14. CR/8809/12 - hare coursing at Rochelhill by Glamis between 4.15 pm and 4.30 pm on March 15.
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