Festive safety advice

POLICE are urging car owners to consider car security following a theft in Arbroath.

Sometime between 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, and 8.45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21, an Apple iPod and a small amount of cash was stolen from a Hyundai car parked in Viewfield Road.

Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Inspector Kenny Hart, Community Safety Unit, Eastern Division asked car owners to be vigilant and ensure their cars are secured and valuable property kept safe.

He said: “Enquiries into this particular crime are ongoing and I appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the location to report it to the police.

“Often presents and gifts are kept within cars while shopping. If this is the case keep them out of the sight of prying eyes. Opportunist thieves will strike where they see the chance to make a quick steal. Keep your Christmas purchases and other personal items out of view, preferably locked away in the boot.

“Home or away, you must consider the security of your Christmas presents. Large items such as bicycles can be very tempting for a potential thief if they are stored in sheds.

“Keep sheds secure by investing in a good quality padlock and bolts for the hinges. Consider concealing the contents of the outbuilding hanging net curtains in the windows, or indeed block out windows completely.

“Finally, thieves do not buy into the season of good will and are perfectly happy to ruin everyone else’s Merry Christmas. Remember this when leaving presents under the Christmas tree. If the tree is in full view of passers by outside, don’t put the gifts under it until the last minute.

“Please have a have a happy, safe and secure Christmas.”