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Rural Theft Awareness

Alert message sent 15/05/2019 15:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Police Scotland are warning members of the public within the rural communities to be vigilant and report suspicious activity after a number of recent incidents were reported within the Angus area. This includes thefts of power tools, a quad and a generator within the last few days.
Police Scotland are carrying out additional patrols within the rural areas led by the local community policing teams and are keen to work with their local rural communities to reduce crime.
The best way to consider your security is to put yourself in the place of a thief and consider what would be worth targeting and how easy would it be to steal these items. After you have taken that into account think about ways of creating as many barriers or obstacles to make it more difficult. By taking some simple security precautions you can make it difficult for the thief and reduce the opportunities of being a victim of crime.
Properties, Farms, Garages, Sheds and Outbuildings
  • Restrict access to land and property with locked gates
  • Ensure your home, farm, outbuildings, garages and stores are secure. Use British Standard locks, high security closed-shackle padlocks.
  • Consider fitting intruder alarms, CCTV & good outside security lighting, check to ensure they work! Lock windows & doors, remove keys from locks & keep out of visible reach
  • Mark all property with name & postcode UV pen, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking
  • Hide valuable items from view & secure them in locked outbuildings
Vehicles, Trailers, ATVs, Quad Bikes, Tools and Equipment 
  • Secure & immobilise vehicles & equipment when not in use
  • Remove keys from the ignition & keep them somewhere secure
  • Don’t leave quad bikes, ATVs or trailers unattended
  • Consider storing vehicles, property in secured building, if possible secured to the ground or wall, or inside a caged area •
  • Mark vehicles, trailers, ATVs, quad bikes tools and equipment with Initials or name & postcode, use a UV pen, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking.
General Advice
  • Where possible install fuel tanks within secure buildings or cages made from a material resistant to attack!
  • Consider installing anti-siphon devices
  • Fuel tanks & storage areas should be kept locked & alarmed where possible
  • Ensure you have adequate insurance cover
  • Keep up to date on crime trends by joining RURAL WATCH SCOTLAND  (www.ruralwatchscotland.co.uk)
  • Ask members, neighbours and friends to keep an eye out for suspicious activity 
  • Take down registration numbers of suspicious vehicles & report suspicious activity to police immediately
For further advice and information contact your local community policing team or visit our website at https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/rural-crime
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.
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Gail Beattie (Police, Constable, Angus / Dundee)

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