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Darker Nights

Alert message sent 16/11/2020 10:35:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Darker Nights mean it is easier for thieves to target your property so follow our advice to keep your home safe after dark.
Your Home
Most housebreakings are carried out by opportunist thieves – so take away the opportunity and keep your home and possessions safe.
Lock the Door
Obvious isn’t it? But some people don’t do it. Lock the door even if you’re only out for a short time. If you have window locks, lock those too. Get into the habit of locking the door when you are at home. This stops people coming in if you are in another part of the house or garden.
Keep Your Keys out of Sight
Don’t leave your keys on the inside of locks or just inside the door. If you have a spare key, don’t leave it under a mat, plant-pot or other easy to spot place at home. Never keep house keys and car keys on the same ring. Make it as hard as possible to break into your home or to steal your car.
Make Your House Look Occupied
Away from home? Use timers on lights and radios so that it seems like there’s someone at home. If you are going away on holiday, avoid announcing this publicly on social media.
Show People That Your Property Is Secure
Thieves are put off by visible security alarms and carefully directed security lighting. Just make sure they don’t disturb your neighbours by going off unnecessarily.
Valuables and Cash
Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in the house.
Further Information
Neighbourhood Watch: www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk
Police Scotland: www.scotland.police.uk

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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.

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