SNP Councillor Fergus Wood raised the issue of organised rural theft this week at Stirling Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting.
During a question and answer session with Police Scotland’s DCI Laura McLuckie on serious organised crime, Councillor Wood pointed to a series of “highly organised” incidents in rural Stirlingshire. The Trossachs and Teith Councillor called on Police Scotland to provide further information on these types of crimes in order to give a clear picture as to the current situation.
Commenting, Fergus Wood said:
“House break-ins and thefts of agricultural vehicles, plant and equipment across rural Stirling have the potential to devastate those affected. It is agreed that these acts are highly organised and it is important that we take a specialised approach in order to clamp down on rural organised crime.
“Police Scotland work hard to make our communities safer, with different challenges being met in rural areas. I look forward to hearing from police representatives on organised crime trends in rural Stirling so that we can begin to paint a clear picture of the problem we currently face.
“In the meantime, anyone who is aware of any such incidents must not hesitate to pass on information to the police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”