After Dark - advice for Angus homeowners

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Police Scotland has issued some helpful advice to homeowners on hot to protect their property as the nights draw in.

As the clocks go back, Police Scotland are advising householders in the Angus area to consider their safety and security as British summer time ends this weekend.

With the hours of darkness lengthening our local community should consider their respective home security as the cover of night provides opportunities for the potential thief.

If your property is left in the dark, your house looks unoccupied and can be tempting to criminals. It is important that those of us who are at home or who are working in the local neighbourhoods are vigilant and report suspicious persons or incidents in their area

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, Local Area Commander for Angus, said: “Darkness strikes early in the day now and you can help make your home safe by taking some simple security measures to reduce the risk of being a potential target.

“Setting timers on internal lights and radios allows your home to appear to be occupied, fitting or checking external security lights are functioning properly, locking all doors, windows, sheds and lock up garages.

“Please use substantial locks on outbuilding sheds and garages. Put away all garden tools and ladders or secure them if they cannot be stored. Set curtains or blinds to deter people “window shopping”.

“Mark all valuables with your postcode and house number and make a detailed list of your property including, makes, model and serial number. Consider installing an intruder alarm and remember if you do have one please use it.”

“Residents should also think about their older or vulnerable neighbours too at this time of the year and see if they require assistance to carry out these security measures. Help each other to remain safe and secure this winter.”

“It is important to remember that if you see anything suspicious at all, don’t keep this information to yourself. If a crime is occurring or about to take place contact the Police immediately on 999. If you have information use the non emergency number 101.”

There are a number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the Angus area that you can join or if not, why not start one yourself?

You can visit the website at www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk

For further information or crime prevention advice contact your local Community Officer on 101.