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Alert message sent 22/02/2021 09:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Following a number of recent reports of Theft by Housebreaking and Attempt Housebreaking in the West Dunbartonshire area Police Scotland are encouraging residents to revise their home security.

Offenders can take advantage of the hours of darkness and also target the early evening when people might not be at home. We are raising awareness of measures that can act as a deterrent to potential thieves.

Safer Communities Officer PC Williams said: “Often thieves break into properties to take small, high value items such as money or jewellery, however, we also see thieves breaking into properties to obtain vehicle keys to then steal the vehicle which is often parked outside.

“The most simple of methods are the best deterrent against break-ins. We are encouraging residents to consider removing keys from plain sight, leaving a light on when out at night, to purchase a timer switch for lights at home and to take some time this week to review their home security.

"Imagine having lost your house keys and consider how you would get inside – take steps to make this more difficult as it is likely a housebreaker would use the same method.”

The following advice can help residents avoid becoming a victim of housebreaking:

- Use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look as if your home is occupied.

- Ensure all doors and windows are secure when you leave and when you go to bed.

- If possible use security lighting at the front and back of your property.

- Make sure all garden tools and ladders are locked away when not being used.

- Use a good quality lock on any garden sheds and outhouses.

- Make a note of all makes, models and serial numbers of your property.

- Keep vehicle keys out of sight and away from the front door as thieves can use a rod or hook to remove these through the letterbox.

For further home security information please visit the Keep Safe pages of the Police Scotland web-site at:


If you notice anything suspicious in your neighbourhood report it to your local policing team by calling 101 (always 999 in an emergency) or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.
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Michael Williams (Police, Constable, Argyll and West Dunbartonshire)

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