Keeping rural businesses safe

Rhoda Grant MSP Member for: Highlands and Islands Party: Scottish Labour 26 April 2017 . Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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The police have told an MSP they are continuing to investigate crimes targeting rural businesses.

Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant contacted Police Scotland following reports that criminals were singling out small businesses due to the lack of facilities to bank cash.

Mrs Grant previously raised the issue in Holyrood asking what the Scottish Government was doing to support businesses across the region which are experiencing losses due to cuts in rural banking services.

‘These criminals have quickly realised that bank branch closures and cutbacks are having a knock-on effect on the ability of businesses to bank cash,’ said Mrs Grant.

A police spokesman said: ‘Our crime prevention officers have been providing practical advice on business security, CCTV and generally how to keep premises safe.

‘Please note that one of the key messages to businesses is about not keeping cash on the premises.’