Chief Inspector Rob Hay has kindly provided me with this great opportunity to introduce myself, Inspector Iain Greene, the newest member of your local community policing team based at Kirkintilloch.
I have extensive operational experience and look forward to the challenges ahead in my new role.
Having recently moved from the Glasgow area I have been struck by the warm welcome and level of support I have received since my arrival.
It is reassuring to see that there is a very real sense of community in East Dunbartonshire with many individuals committed to ensuring we have a thriving, sustainable and welcoming community.
We are working closely with our partners in supporting the White Ribbon 16 Days of Action campaign to end violence against women and girls. I have seen many vulnerable victims and families struggling to cope with this abuse and we will do everything in our powers to arrest those responsible.
As we approach the festive period with shoppers and people out celebrating, I want to ensure people have a great time by providing some basic prevention advice and tips on Keeping Safe – whether shopping, socialising, within the home or online.
I would ask you to take a moment to think about the simple preventative measures you can take to discourage criminals and to stay safe.
Don’t leave bags unattended and look after your wallet/purse.
Don’t leave gifts and on display in your car. Think before you post photos on social media. If in doubt don’t post it online.
Only use trusted sites when shopping online - look for the ‘padlock’ in the address line before entering details
Plan your journey home from a Christmas night out, don’t leave drinks unattended, stay with your friends and look out for each other. Keep your home secure, lock all windows and doors, and switch on the alarm if you have one. Don’t advertise an empty home by posting festive plans online. I would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.