With the beautiful weather recently there has been a noticeable increase in people heading to the great outdoors and enjoying the best that Perth and Kinross has to offer; particularly when it comes to walking and climbing.
However, given the propensity for the weather conditions to change rapidly, particularly at altitude, it is incumbent on all to make sure that they are prepared for all eventualities. After all there is no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices.
So before you head out to enjoy the wilderness please take a few minutes to ensure you and your party are fully prepared. Firstly ensure that you carry clothing to deal with all types of weather, including hats and gloves as the temperature at the summit of a climb may vary significantly from the bottom; consider multiple layers which can be added or removed as required. Sturdy footwear is essential as is a waterproof jacket and trousers and if you’re taking a GPS device then make sure you have spare batteries; also take a map (of the correct area and know how to use it).
Compass, whistle, bivvy bag, spare foodstuffs and a first-aid kit should all be mandatory and don’t cost the earth. Also, a mobile phone is of no use if it’s got no charge so invest in a power pack or switch it off if not required.
Complacency is the climber’s enemy so don’t just assume that once you have reached the summit it’s all over; descending can be equally perilous.
Always notify someone of your intended route and expected return time; a ‘Climbers Location and Identity Verification’ form can be found on the Police Scotland website as can further information on keeping yourself safe and a series of mountain safety videos
It’s every individual’s responsibility for their own safety whilst on the hills so don’t find yourself relying on the professionalism of a mountain rescue team when a few simple preparations and precautions can help us all enjoy the best that the outdoors has to offer.
For more information visit the ‘Keep Safe’ pages on the Police Scotland website where there are also links for advice about safety around inland and coastal water. Or visit the Scottish Mountain Rescue website.
A 31 year old man was arrested after being found to be responsible for a robbery in North Methven Street, Perth on Thursday 13th May.
A 44 year old man will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal for careless driving after a 2 vehicle road traffic collision on the A9 near Inverlamond, Perth on Monday 21st June
A 53 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act after Cannabis valued at £1600 was recovered from a property in Low Road, Perth when officers attended to execute a search warrant on Thursday 24th June.
A 31 year old man will be subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal for theft of 2 mobile telephones from a Vauxhall Astra parked in Scott Street, Perth on Thursday 24th June.
A 36 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for being concerned in the production of Cannabis at an address in South Street, Milnathort on Sunday 25th April
A 30 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for possession of a controlled drug after being found to be in possession of Cocaine valued at £90 in Duntaylor Avenue, Aberfeldy on Friday 25th June.
A 30 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for careless driving after a 2 vehicle road traffic collision on the A9 near Blair Atholl on Tuesday 22nd June
During the last week 8 drivers were found to be without insurance, 5 had no licence and 1 had no MOT.
Between Friday 18th and Monday 21st June, several windows were smashed at the refectory building, Perth College. (CR/17779/21)
Between Tuesday 15th and Saturday 19th June, an attempt was made to break into a property in Bute Drive, Perth. (CR/18048/21)
Between 2pm and 3pm, Tuesday 22nd June, a purse was stolen during a sneak in theft at Iris Hairdressers, High Street, Perth. (CR/18061/21)
Around 8:30am, Thursday 24th June, gardening equipment was stolen from a van parked in Leslie Court, Perth. (CR/18296/21)
Between 10pm, Friday 25th and 7:40am, Saturday 26th June, a Renault Clio was damaged whilst parked in High Street, Crieff. (CR/18139/21)
Between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th June a bench and roof tiles were damaged at Kinloch Rannoch Primary School. (CR/17844/21)
Between 9:30pm, Thursday 24th and 7:30am, Friday 25th June, a blue Peugeot 207 was damaged in Sillerburn Road, Kirkmichael. (CR/18149/21)
Overnight on Saturday 26th June, a blue Ford Kuga was damaged in Montgomery Street, Kinross. (CR/18224/21)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
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