University crimeline

Wednesday 26 March 2003

Fife Constabulary hope that a new freephone Crimeline – launched today – will ring a bell with students at the University of St Andrews.

Chief Inspector Alan Small, Deputy Commander of Fife Constabulary’s Eastern Division said, “The new University Crimeline is a free 24- hour hotline available to both students and staff, offering them an opportunity to let us know about crimes, persons committing them, or indeed to share any other information which they might normally pass on to the Police in person. By calling 0800 0320218 any time and leaving a message they can choose either to remain anonymous or to leave contact details so that we can get back to them in strict confidence at the first opportunity.”

The new Crimeline is the brainchild of St Andrews Community Constable PC Valerie Craig who has special responsibilities for the University.

PC Craig believes that the Crimeline offers a viable option to students and staff to contact the Police in confidence.

“Their calls can and would make a tremendous difference – and we hope that as many as possible will take up this new option to help themselves and others in a positive way. We are delighted with the support given to this initiative by the University and the Students Association who recognise the potential for making their space in the town as safe a place as possible for everyone involved.”

University Principal Dr Brian Lang added, “The security and well- being of staff and students are paramount to the University and crucial to the positive and close- knit relationship which the University enjoys with the town.

“A service which offers staff and students the chance to report crimes or share information with the Police on an anonymous basis is greatly welcomed. I join Fife Police in encouraging anyone with any information about criminal activity to get in touch.”


Issued by Fife Constabulary in conjunction with University of St Andrews

For more information, please contact Les Peters, Fife Constabulary press office on telephone 01592 418813 or Claire Grainger, University press office on telephone 01334 462530

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