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Safe places set up in D&G for vulnerable residents

Keep Safe was originally set up by the I Am Me charity Photo: ITV Border

Police and local businesses in Dumfries and Galloway have teamed up to create 'Keep Safe' places in the area.

The safe places are for disabled, vulnerable, and elderly people to seek assistance and help if they are lost or in danger.

The scheme is also running across Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, the Scottish Borders, Dundee, Perth & Kinross, and Edinburgh.

Keep Safe was originally set up in Renfrewshire by the I Am Me charity.

There are over 20 safe places within Dumfries & Galloway, and around 300 across Scotland.

Police Scotland says they hope to get more people involved by the end of the year:

Over the past few months we have been working on getting premises signed up to the scheme and we currently have 21 throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

This number is increasing on a weekly basis and we hope to have a good spread of premises by the end of the year.

The scheme is designed to give vulnerable people a safe place to go if they are out and about and they feel they need help. There are also Keep Safe cards available and they contain emergency details of the person.

The cards are not essential for anyone who wishes to use a Keep Safe premises but they are an extra help in assisting in giving the proper care.”

– Sergeant Graeme Stitt, Police Scotland

The Stove, High Street, Dumfries have recently signed up to the scheme:

It is important that all people feel safe in their community - by providing a place for anyone feeling vulnerable or lost, we are creating an opportunity for people who don't necessarily feel confident to come into the town centre to do so, knowing that they have somewhere to turn to if they need support.”

– Nicole Archibald, The Stove

All Keep Safe Places are publicised on the free Keep Safe Scotland app and on the I Am Me Scotland's website.