Project launched to crack down on coastal crime

A NEW initiative aimed at cracking down on crime across the whole of the region’s coastal areas was launched this week by Tayside Police.

Project Kraken is a national initiative designed to better connect coastal communities to prevent maritime-related crime, including terrorism, by identifying and reporting suspicious activity.

It also aims to raise awareness of the criminal activity which can be committed at sea and the ways in which members of the public can help spot suspicious behaviour.

The initiative is being run in conjunction with a number of organisations and businesses from Angus, Dundee and Perthshire.

Superintendent Rick Dunkerley, responsible for developing Project Kraken locally, said the campaign will take advantage of communities’ local knowledge in helping to detect crime.

He said: “Project Kraken builds on the existing engagement of Tayside Police officers at the heart of our local maritime communities by providing an additional way for those who work, live or have a connection to our maritime communities to share information about suspicious activity.

“Those who are part of their local maritime community are best placed to identify suspicious activity, a possible indicator of criminality, and I encourage them to contact Tayside Police to share this information with our Project Kraken team.

“We’re fortunate that in the Tayside policing area reported crime at our ports and in other maritime areas is low, however crime does exist and we believe that Project Kraken is an initiative which, when working together, will assist our maritime communities to fight crime and bring criminals to justice while protecting the vulnerable.”