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The Council's Safer Communities team delivers a range of safety advice on:
A hate incident is any incident that is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate towards an identifiable group of people. This could be on the basis of the following 'protected characteristics’:
You do not need to be a victim of the incident to report it and you do not have to give your personal details.
To report a hate incident fill in the Antisocial behaviour reporting form.
If you need immediate help, you should report the incident to the police by dialling 999.
To get more information on hate crimes please go to the Police Scotland website: What Is Hate Crime?
We also have 'easy read' information on Disability Harassment.
Terrorist attacks in the UK and abroad remind us all of the terrorist threat we face. The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK can be found on the MI5 website.
Visit the 'Ready Scotland' website (links to external website) which gives a range of advice on preparing and dealing with a terrorist attack, including advice on what to do if you are caught up in an incident and how to spot the signs that someone is planning an attack.
Wherever you are, if you have suspicions about someone’s activities or behaviour please call Police Scotland on 101 or the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 if an emergency.
For further information please visit ACT| Action Counters Terrorism.
The internet is now part of everyday life. We use it to work, shop, play games and catch up with family and friends. Technology develops at an amazing speed, bringing more and more opportunities for the user. But it also brings some risks and can leave people vulnerable to fraud or abuse.
In Fife work regarding staying safe online is carried out in partnership with Police Scotland.
For more information please see the Keep Secure Online information provided by Police Scotland.
Rural Watch Fife is a free service that works with farmers and rural communities to combat rural crime.
Our aim is to increase feelings of safety and security in rural areas and improve on the prevention and detection of crime.
Rural Watch Fife has a large number of members who have provided their contact information and who work with us to advise of thefts or suspicious activity in or around their premises. We also keep members up to date if there has been a theft in the local area and offer free security advice on keeping farms and rural premises safe.
Here is a link to Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Rural Watch.
To become a member of Rural Watch Fife please contact PC Emma Fisher on 01592 418945 or email Emma.Fisher@scotland.pnn.police.uk
To arrange a free security visit, call Police Scotland 101 and ask for your local community safety officer.
We work with young people between the ages of eight and 18 who are involved in antisocial behaviour and offending behaviour.
If you would like more information on this work please visit the Youth Issues Facebook page.
If you are a child and need support please see the Childline website.
If you are an adult and may need support regarding a child please visit NSPCC Helpline.
For information or support regarding mental health in Fife visit Mood Café.
For knife crime prevention work visit No Knives Better Lives external website.
It is unlikely that you will be the victim of a crime or have an accident when you are out and about. It is better to understand the risks and doing what you can to ensure you are as safe as you can be.
We also provide 'Easy Read' information on Keeping Safe.
Domestic abuse is a serious crime and can be carried out by partners or ex-partners and includes any form of:
This is rarely a one-off incident. It tends to happen more and more and often and becomes more severe.
Even if you think you’re experiencing mild abuse, it’s important to recognise it.
There are people who can help you. You can do things to help yourself.
For more information, please visit our web pages on Domestic Abuse.
All employers should have policies and procedures for ensuring the safety of workers. It is the responsibility of all workers to familiarise themselves with these and follow guidelines and use any equipment provided. Also consider the following:
Fife has a CCTV system of 102 cameras covering 12 towns from Inverkeithing in the south west to St Andrews in the north east.
All cameras are linked to the control room based at the Fife Division Headquarters of Police Scotland. This is monitored 24 hours a day and provides a world class facility to both the community and to officers on the beat throughout Fife.
The aim of the Fife mobile CCTV vehicle is to help reduce crime, reduce fear of crime and improve public safety.
The vehicle is available for use by partner organisations. Only staff who have completed the training provided by the Police CCTV liaison officer to a satisfactory level are allowed to use the mobile CCTV vehicle.
Neighbourhood Watch is a community led initiative to bring local people together to address crime and other community safety issues. Neighbourhood Watch groups often liaise with the local police, the local authority and other agencies.
For more information visit Neighbourhood Watch Scotland.