Lights, camera, action on thefts

BANCHORY: Features in a police Scotland film aimed at turning kids away from a life of car crime
BANCHORY: Features in a police Scotland film aimed at turning kids away from a life of car crime

An educational movie hoping to deter Aberdeen youths from committing car crime, has been partially filmed in Banchory.

The idea for the film was conceived and developed by officers and staff from Police Scotland, the Scottish and Fire Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service who form part of the Northfield Youth Action Group.

Shmu (Station House Media Unit) was commissioned to produce the 10 minute film which uses local actors and was filmed in Northfield, Bucksburn and Banchory.

Chief Inspector Nick Topping, Aberdeen North area commander, said: “One of the challenges for the North-east recently has been the theft of and antisocial use of cars and motorcycles across the region, predominately committed by teenagers, some as young as 12 years of age.

“For some time Police Scotland, with the support of our various partners, have been looking to address the widespread concerns auto crime presents within our communities, and the significant and far reaching impact this can have.

“This new educational film and support package has been produced in Aberdeen to highlight the dangers of committing these type of offences, the impact on the wider community and to educate and deter teenagers from getting involved. I am delighted it will soon be available for use across Aberdeen City schools as part of social education classes.”

The idea for this work was initially conceived through the Northfield Youth Action Group, under the auspice of the Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership and then developed by officers and staff from Police Scotland, supported by the Scottish and Fire Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and Aberdeen City Council.

The film and educational package will be made available to young people across Aberdeen, including P7 and secondary school pupils, through Police Scotland’s School Liaison Officers and Early Intervention Officer.

Northfield Community Policing Team Inspector Kevin Wallace said: “It has taken 16 months of planning to get to this point and I’m extremely proud of the film and delighted by how it has turned out.

“I am hugely grateful to Maersk Drilling who generously sponsored the project and also to Arnold Clark, Ecosse Motorcyles, Overton Vehicles and the Belmont Filmhouse who have all provided vehicles and services to enable the film to be made. Without all of their assistance this film would not have been possible.”

Councillor Martin Greig, who is chair of Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership ,said: “This project has been an excellent example of working together effectively to tackle safety problems.

“Public concern about car crime is well known so this innovative and creative programme is particularly welcome. It is excellent to see professionals from various organisations working together as a team for the good of local people.”