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Thefts from Cars and Sheds

Alert message sent 07/02/2022 14:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


Police are warning car and shed owners to be more security aware after a series of thefts recently in Aberdeen.

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer, PC Mark Irvine said ‘Car owners should always follow these simple steps when leaving your vehicle.’

Never leave items on show as an invitation – Mobile phones, electronic equipment, coins, sunglasses, tools, clothing, bags and any other valuables should be removed from the vehicle or placed in the boot.

Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe and out of sight and reach – a common way to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home.

Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended – on the drive, the petrol station forecourt or when parking, an unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from.

Double check: Don’t just listen out for the sound of your doors locking, check for your lights flashing and/or mirrors closing. Better still, check the door handle!


With regards to sheds, we advise everyone to look at their property through the eyes of a thief.  Start by looking at the surrounding area and think about lighting and fencing. Are there any loose objects lying about which could be used by the thieves to help force entry to the premises? CCTV is a useful tool but it must be remembered that CCTV on its own is not a deterrent to criminality and should always be combined with appropriate physical security. Use closed shackle padlocks and good quality hasps combined with security bolts on all fixings.

Hide the contents from view using protective grills or covers on windows if appropriate and ensure property is locked away at night or when not in use, not only to prevent them being stolen, but to prevent them being utilised to gain further access or potentially cause damage. Consider using a property marking product such as SelectaDNA. This makes tools less attractive to thieves as they are harder to sell and more likely to be returned to the rightful owner if they are recovered by the Police.This combined with visible signage will help deter potential criminals.

Comprehensive crime prevention advice can be obtained from your local policing team by telephoning 101 or contacting your local Crime Prevention Officer by emailing
NorthEastCrimeReduction@Scotland.pnn.police.uk.

Remember: If you can think of a way of defeating your existing security measures, so can the criminal.

Anyone with information can contact the Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 20210302-0399’

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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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Mark Irvine (Police, Constable - Crime Reduction, North East Division)

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