Thefts prompt police appeal

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Police in Angus are appealing for information following a number a break-ins to lock ups and sheds in recent days.

In Carnoustie, two quads bikes and a trailer bike have been stolen and there have been reports of break-ins in the Wellbank and the Letham areas.

In appealing for information Tayside Division would also urge residents to take the security of their garden sheds, garages and outbuildings as seriously as they do for the family home. Simple common sense measures will reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.

Nowadays, it is common for people to store expensive goods and equipment in their sheds, garages and outbuildings – which is precisely why householders should take steps to ensure their belongings are safe and make life as hard as possible for the opportunist thief.

Security measures that can assist with crime prevention include -

Where possible, make sure the shed can be seen from the house.

For visibility at night, consider sensor-operated lighting as a convenient and an effective deterrent.

Make it more difficult for criminals to simply unscrew locks or hinges of shed doors by fitting carriage bolts, or clutch head security screws. Another method of stopping screws being removed is to fill the heads with epoxy resin.

If the shed has windows, consider fitting a curtain, or similar, to obscure the view of the shed’s contents.

Security mark all equipment with the relevant postcode to increase the likelihood of it being returned if stolen and then subsequently recovered. Marking should be obvious, where possible, although an ultra violet pen can be used for more discreet marking.

A steel cable threaded through removable property and secured to the building can make it extremely difficult for the thief to steal.

Consider an intruder alarm for the shed, garage, or outbuilding.

NEVER leave the shed, garage, or outbuilding unlocked.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have heard or saw any suspicious activity in their area to report it to Tayside Division on 101 or speak to any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.