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Safe and secure

One of the key components of the vision for Scotland's communities is that people feel safe both in their homes and when they are out and about on their daily business.

Feeling safe is a basic human right and we need to ensure that we create a feeling of safety by tackling both crime and the fear of crime in our communities. Building strong, safe, inclusive communities is at the heart of our Social Justice agenda.

Our milestones make this clear:

  • reducing crime in disadvantaged areas
  • reducing the fear of crime among older people
  • tackling drug misuse

Practical advise on crime prevention can be obtained from your local police station. They will also be able to provide various crime prevention leaflets.

Antisocial Behaviour

Antisocial behaviour is a real problem for many communities: it can especially affect older people who may feel intimidated by groups of young people hanging around, for example in shopping areas or at bus shelters.

  • The Executive consulted on a wide range of proposals to tackle antisocial behaviour more effectively. During the consultation period Ministers visited over 30 constituencies at the invitation of local MSPs.
  • Ministers heard from older people about their experiences of antisocial behaviour and their views on the Executive's proposals.
  • The consultation informed the development of the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Bill which was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 29 October 2003.
  • The Bill was approved by Parliament in June and received Royal Assent to become and Act on 26 July 2004. Commencement of the provisions will begin in the autumn.

Measures include a duty on local authorities and the police to prepare joint antisocial behaviour strategies to deal with problems of antisocial behaviour in the authority's area; the extension of antisocial behaviour orders to 12-15 year olds; introduction of a new power for the police to disperse groups engaged in antisocial behaviour and stronger powers to deal with noise and antisocial environmental offences.

You can find out more about initiatives to fight Antisocial behaviour at:

Bogus Callers

Bogus callers sometimes pose as water or gas workers, council workers or police officers, so they can steal money or property from your home. You can prevent this type of crime if you take precautions.

To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this crime, remember the following three steps.

  • Stop before you open the door
  • Chain put it on
  • Check ask the caller for their identification - and check it - before letting them in

You can phone the Scottish Executive's Crime Prevention Unit, for general information on crime prevention and community safety, on 0131 244 3995. The line is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The crime prevention officer at your local police station, or the community safety manager at your local authority, may also be able to help. You will find their addresses and numbers in the phone book.

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