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The council's Safer Communities team delivers a range of safety advice on:

Hate incidents

A hate incident is an incident which 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’:

  • age;
  • disability;
  • race or ethnicity;
  • religion or belief;
  • sexual orientation;
  • gender reassignment;
  • marriage and civil partnership;
  • pregnancy and maternity, or
  • sex.

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: hate crimes.

We also have 'easy read' information on disability harassment.

Terrorism

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 is ‘SEVERE' which means an attack is highly likely.

Visit the 'Ready Scotland' website (links to external website) which gives a range of advice on preparing and dealing with an terrorist attack including:

  • advice on what to do if you are caught up in an incident;
  • advice for travelling abroad, and
  • what you can do to help.

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.

Internet safety

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.

We also provide 'Easy Read' information on internet safety please click on ‘Scams and Shopping' and ‘Security and Sharing'.

Rural Watch Fife

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.

To become a member of Rural Watch Fife please complete the Rural Watch Application or contact PC Fraser Laird on 03451 55 55 55 Ext: 402742 or email Fraser.Laird@scotland.pnn.police.uk

To arrange a free security visit, call Police Scotland 101 and ask for your local community safety officer.

Youth justice

We work with young people between the ages of eight and 18 who are involved in antisocial behaviour and offending behaviour.

Our officers:-

  • represent us on the Youth Offender Management Group (YOMG);
  • provide early intervention and diversion to young people referred from YOMG;
  • deliver intervention action where necessary;
  • develop, coordinate, evaluate and monitor youth diversion activities;
  • work with Police Scotland to tackle antisocial behaviour in the community;
  • work with schools to assist non-attendees returning to school;
  • work with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to provide and deliver the DiversiFIRE programme, and
  • work in partnership with the British Army to deliver and coordinate the Youth Advantage Outreach programme (YAO) which is a residential diversion programme.

If you would like more information on this work please visit the Youth Issues Facebook page (links to external website).

If you are a child and need support please see the Childline website (links to external website).

If you are an adult and may need support regarding a child please visit NSPCC Helpline (links to external website).

For information or support regarding mental health in Fife visit Mood Café (links to external website).

For knife crime prevention work visit No Knives Better Lives external website.

Personal safety

It is unlikely that you will be the victim of 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.

For more information please see Keep Safe on the Police Scotland website.

We also provide 'Easy Read' information on Keeping Safe.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a serious crime and it is rarely a one off incident – it tends to happen more and more often and become more severe.

There are different types of abuse and they include:

  • physical abuse;
  • sexual abuse, and
  • emotional abuse.

Even if you think you are experiencing mild abuse, it is important to recognise it and know there are people who can help.

For more information please visit our web pages on domestic abuse.

While at work

Whether you are office based, out dealing with the public or work within another environment, always consider your personal safety.

When working alone:

  • Forward plan visits
  • Know where you are going, who you are meeting and the circumstances
  • At a first appointment, take along a colleague, or meet in a public place
  • Always let someone you trust know where you are going and when you expect to return. If you are held up, let a colleague know
  • If you are working in an unfamiliar environment be aware of surroundings and the exits. Use the internet to research where you are going beforehand
  • If at any time you feel threatened - leave. You can explain your actions to colleagues or clients later
  • Attempt to avoid arguments, confrontation and aggression. Do not respond or it may escalate the problem
  • Where possible carry out a thorough risk assessment, particularly if you are attending an appointment outwith your office
  • Do not reveal personal details such as a mobile number, email address, holiday dates or home details that could jeopardise your safety
  • 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

CCTV

Fixed CCTV network

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.

Fife mobile CCTV vehicle

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

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 (links to external website).