Safety advice issued after thieves strike in Angus

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Police Scotland are advising householders in the Angus areas to consider their security as a number of properties were targeted over the last few days.

Overnight Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11, 2016, properties near Glamis were targeted and a quantity of power tools, including Dewalt, Black and Decker and AEG drills Dewalt angle grinder, car battery charger, diesel powered space heater, socket set, inspection lamp, 22” TV, blue/white ornamental plates, glass paperweights, JCB jigsaw, car polisher and a Black and Decker jack hammer were taken.

Muir of Pert near Auchterhouse was also targeted and a large quantity of red diesel stolen.

Between 8pm on Saturday, November 12, and 9am hours on Sunday, November 13, a shed was targeted within Victoria Street, Arbroath and a Karcher pressure washer and Black and Decker power saw removed.

Garages, outbuildings and sheds are often full of expensive tools and equipment.

Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.

Fit strong padlocks to shed and garage doors, and make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in. Fit hasps and hinges with non-returnable screws or coach bolts.

Consider additional mortise locks with metal keepers or striking plates.

Lock ladders inside your garage or shed. Alternatively chain or padlock them horizontally to a sturdy bracket on an outside wall.

Consider having lockable steel boxes fitted to the floor to store your tools in, or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure larger tools and equipment by use of steel cable or chains.

Visibly and permanently mark property you keep in sheds and garages.

Security lighting can also assist with keeping the criminal guessing to if you are at home.

Good lighting can put off or draw attention to a thief.

Use high-efficiency low-energy lighting, controlled by a dusk-to-dawn sensor switch so that it comes on only when it’s dark.

Lights that come on if they sense movement can be annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic. If you have these, make sure they are directed downwards.

Fit lights out of easy reach – at a height of at least 2.5 metres (eight feet)

Debbie Donkin, Sergeant at Safer Communities said: “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.

She also added: “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 the above security measures. Help each other to remain safe and secure.”

There are a number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the Angus area that you can join or if not, why not start one yourself. For further information or crime prevention advice contact your local Community policing team. You can also visit the website at www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk

If you have any information you think may be useful to the Police telephone 101 or in an emergency 999. You can provide anonymous information to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.