Police issue advice after rise in thefts

GRAMPIAN Police has published advice for the public on domestic security, following what officers describe as a slight increase in break ins and sneak thefts in the Aberdeenshire area.

Noting that all of the recent break-ins could have been prevented by simple security measures, PC Andy Sawers, Crime Reduction Officer for Aberdeenshire, said: “Most thefts from homes are committed by ‘opportunist thieves’. They will notice a window left open, a house that looks unoccupied or has little or no obvious security and where they think they won’t be seen.”

“The small increase in thefts is from garages, sheds and outbuildings and is especially disappointing as these are very preventable crimes”, he continued. “Please make sure that all quad bikes, scooters, motocross bikes are secured by a chain and a good padlock, preferably one with an alarm on to further deter criminals. These are available at any good DIY store and is much cheaper than replacing an expensive item if stolen.

“if someone is trying to sell you something that is much cheaper than it should be then there is a very good chance it may be stolen property. If you are caught with this, you may also face prosecution.”

Among the measures which people could take to better secure their property, the police suggest installing PIR movement sensor lights, which are very inexpensive and available at most DIY stores; using timer switches to switch on internal lights automatically to make it look as if there is someone at home; the fitting of a suitable and visible alarm system; checking and locking doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed, including those on garages, sheds and outbuilding doors too; cancelling milk or newspaper deliveries when away for any length of time, and

asking a friend or neighbour to look after your home while you’re away; marking your property with a postcode and house/name number using a UV pen; and chaining together large items such as quad bikes or motocross bikes.

Any information regarding stolen property or related crimes can be passed onto Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.