Warning to vehicle owners

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Police Scotland, Tayside Division, are urging vehicle owners to ensure their vehicles are properly secure at all times.

The warning comes following recent reports of a number of thefts and attempted thefts in Brechin.

In Middleton Park, thieves tried to break in an orange-coloured Ford Fiesta parked in a driveway sometime between 6.15 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, and 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, September 8. They made off empty handed.

A Citroen Xsara was targeted in Pitforthie Place and a Motorola Defy mobile phone stolen sometime between 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6, and 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 7.

In appealing for information that could assist enquiries into these crimes, Tayside Division asks drivers to take every possible precaution to deter thieves.

Ideally, items of value and personal belongings should never be left within an unattended vehicle and they should certainly never be left in open view.

If car owners are not able to take their property out of the car, they should at least hide it away from prying eyes and lock it out of sight in the boot. While this is not a fail-safe deterrent against crime, it denies the would-be thief the opportunity to window shop.

Drivers should look around before moving items from car seat to boot and try and ensure they are not being watched.

They should always ensure that their vehicle is secured when left unattended. Doors should be locked and, windows closed.

Most vehicles these days have alarms and/or immobilisers as standard. Anyone whose vehicle does not have this type of security measure should give consideration to fitting one or both.

Anyone with information that could assist Tayside Division should call 101, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.