Tweeddale hosts crime prevention markets

View of Peebles town looking down the river to the bridge and church hall

Published: Monday, 22nd May 2017

Police Scotland and partners will hold two crime prevention markets in Tweeddale next week.

The events are being held in Peebles and West Linton following requests from members of the public and will offer advice and guidance on practical steps you can take to help prevent you becoming a victim of acquisition crime. This includes:

  • housebreaking
  • bike theft
  • bogus callers
  • rural crime

Anti-social behaviour and personal safety issues will also be covered.

Organisations attending the marketplace events

The marketplaces will have stalls from various agencies including:

  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Trading Standards
  • Scottish Borders Safer Communities
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Victim Support

Companies demonstrating crime prevention products will also be represented. 

Sign up to SB Alert

Those attending will also have the opportunity to sign up to the free messaging system SBAlert – which provides information on crimes and scams happening in the Borders area - and receive information on our Resilient Communities initiative.

Local community officers and crime prevention officers will be there to answer questions and give advice.

Peebles marketplace event

The first event takes place in the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles on Tuesday 30 May between 2pm and 8pm.

West Linton marketplace event

The market then moves to West Linton's Graham Institute between 2pm and 8pm on Wednesday 31 May.

Refreshments will be available at both events.

Inspector Tony Hodges, Community Inspector - Peebles, Galashiels and Melrose areas

“It is heartening that the communities in Tweeddale recognise the need to work alongside Police Scotland to make the area safer.

“Initiatives such as No Cold Caller Zones and Neighbourhood Watch Schemes have proven to reduce and prevent crime.

“It is hoped by staging these events we can assist residents with appropriate crime prevention advice and guidance as well as encouraging communities to look out for each other.”

Graham Jones, Safer Communities and Community Justice Manager

“While recorded crime in the Scottish Borders is relatively low when compared to other parts of Scotland, dishonesty remains the most frequently occurring crime.

“Working in partnership, we are offering crime prevention advice to local communities which will include information on recent trends and practical ways to reduce the likelihood of having property stolen.

“By taking some relatively straightforward precautions and being vigilant it is possible to discourage those individuals who engage in criminal activity. 

“I would encourage members of the community to take advantage of these events.”