Don’t be caught out after dark

There were a total of nine break-ins in Angus during the first three weeks of Operation After Dark, with crimes taking place in both town and rural locations.

Amongst the property stolen since the launch of the campaign on October 24 are lap top computers, audio equipment – including iPods – and jewellery.

The After Dark campaign is aimed at raising awareness about home security and crime prevention and also sees Tayside Police officers undertaking high visibility patrols during the hours of darkness.

Leaflets containing advice are also distributed at properties, which are left in darkness in the evening to advise householder that their property could be vulnerable if it appears no one is at home.

Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, Claire Taylor said: “When people are out in the evening they should set timer switches to lights and radios to help give the impression of an occupied home.

“Checks should also be made on all external lighting to make sure they are working properly.

“A significant proportion of house breakings are as a result of an open door or window. As such residents must ensure when they leave your property all windows, doors and garages are secured. Tools and ladders should be locked away in sheds or garages to prevent them being used to carry out a crime.

“I would advise householders to security mark all valuables with the relevant postcode and house number and make an inventory of their property.

“Doing so makes it easier to return stolen property to its rightful owner in the event that it is recovered.

“Above all else, be a good neighbour, particularly if you have older or vulnerable neighbours.

“Ask them if they need any assistance to make their homes safer and keep an eye out for them, as well as anyone coming to their door.”

In Angus, Safe as Houses is a security initiative to aid victims of crime, the older, disabled and vulnerable members of the community. For further information contact Angus Care & Repair at 01307 463232.

For further advice on security can contact the Crime Prevention Officer at 01307 477477.

Anyone with information that they think may be useful to the police should contact Tayside Police at 0300 111 2222, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.