On 22 December two break ins were reported in Drummmond Place, Gargunnock and Burnside, Kippen. From the modus operandi of both crimes it is highly likely that they are connected. On both occasions the thief has broken into residential properties by overcoming the security of rear patio doors . Once in, the thief has looked for and stolen jewellery.
Although this type of crime is rare, there are some simple precautions you can take which will prevent you from becoming a victim of housebreaking –
Always keep the exterior doors in your home locked, even if you are at home.
If you are out, leave a light on (particularly in winter) and also consider leaving a radio switched on.
A car left in a driveway gives the impression that someone is at home. If you are going to be away for a long period of time, ask a neighbour to use your driveway to park their car.
Look out for your neighbours home, be nosey and report anything you are unhappy / suspicious about by telephoning 999.
Keep jewellery safe and well hidden in your home.
This type of crime typically occurs during the late afternoon in the winter months, just at the time of day when it’s getting dark and it’s easy to spot which homes are empty (i.e no lights on). Be reassured that Balfron and Callander Police Officers are specifically patrolling residential areas in order to prevent crime and catch the thieves. Help us to beat the thieves by taking good care of your home and property.
I’d like to bring to your attention the news article and advice below which has been published on the Police Scotland website, the link for which can be accessed here. This article concerns a scam that targets farmers following the payment of EU grants.
As we have a large farming community in this area, I thought it would be beneficial to circulate this advice for your information.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact PC Steven Graham or I.
PC Raymond Murphy (384)
Forth and Endrick Ward Officer Balfron Police Office, Forth Valley Division
There are planned road works at the east entrance to Gargunnock. This will mean the road from the top of Manse Brae to the junction of the A811 will be closed and there will be no access apart from residents on that stretch. This work will be carried out between the hours of 09.00 to 18.00 on the dates from Monday 26th October to Monday 2nd November 2015
Join in our annual gala day on Saturday June 20th 2015. Fancy dress parade, led by the Balaclava Pipes and Drums, starts at the Park (Stark Street entrance) and ends at the Community Centre. Our Laird and Queen for 2015 are Max Flett and Molly Pizey.
Maitland and Anne are our judges this year.
Tea and cakes available in our tea room, stalls throughout the afternoon. The bar opens at 5pm and BBQ starts at 5:30. Evening entertainment by the Reckless Vagabonds. Bar closes 10:30pm
Present: Alison MacLachlan : Maitland Clark : Bryan Crawford : Bob Burman : Mike McGirr : Lovat McGregor : Cllr Graham Lambie
Apologies : Edmond Mansion
Minutes: Minutes of meeting held on 2nd March were formally adopted, after noting that Maitland Clark was not present at the meeting but had registered his apologies.
Matters Arising: All matters arising would be covered later under their own headings.
Community Police Officer’s Report: PC McGill in attendance. One person issued with a fixed penalty notice for breach of the peace. Measures are now in place to address irresponsible motorcycling on the A811. Between 18 and 23rd April a silver Vauxhall van was stolen from Kirk Lane.
There had been two complaints to the CC re bad driving at and through the Square. After the resurfacing of Manse Brae the “give way” lines at the Square had been covered over and have not yet been repainted. Police and Cllr Lambie will report this and ensure action taken.
Treasurer’s Report : Balance £722.
Planning: The application for the site at Manse Brae still pending. There may be a possible development at Boquhan for a shop/café.
Broadband Update: A great deal of work has been carried out at the telephone exchange and it would seem that the village is on course to receive high speed in a few weeks.
Affordable Housing: Bryan has agreed to draw up a suitable letter to be sent to all parties involved in the ownership of the land at the Glebe. A draft will be sent to community councillors for approval before being sent. Also, a suitable article will be sent for inclusion in the next edition of the Bugle.
Road Safety/20mph Signs: Following discussions with Stirling Council, Lovat agreed to withdraw the petition on the basis of the following commitments –
Design and delivery of a new pedestrian crossing at the main school entrance at Station Road. Funding has been secured and the design will be progressed.
The unsatisfactory issue of the flashing 20mph was discussed and agreed that one long-term solution would be the introduction of a 20mph limit covering the entire village. This would include new signage and traffic calming/management features positioned at strategic locations to help reduce traffic speed. It is envisaged that the design would include priority give-way features and if possible footway widening along the narrow section of Station Road. Discussions are also on-going re the merits of introducing a 40mph buffer speed limit on all approaches to the village.
Street Cleaning: The village street cleaner has retired and we are now under a team of “mobile cleaners” along with Kippen, Thornhill, Buchlivie etc. It appears that this is the method being adopted throughout all the Stirling Region. Concern was raised that the state of the streets had deteriorated but there is little we can do about this other than keep an eye on developments and make further representations to Stirling Council if necessary.
Dog Fouling: This seems to be on the increase again. It was reported that one individual had been caught and a spot fine issued. Bryan will provide an article for the Bugle.
AOCB : (a) Stirling Low Carbon Future – Alison to make enquiries and get more details.