Residents urged to take safety measures
Published 13 Jul 2012 15:30 0 Comments
STIRLINGSHIRE residents are being asked to take extra safety measures after a recent spate of car break-ins.
Central Scotland Police are urging car owners around Stirling to make sure that they do not become victims of crime after five cars in the last month, have been broken into around the city.
A Central Scotland Police spokeswoman said: "Any valuables such as handbags, phones, cameras and SatNav devices should be removed or at least locked away in a secure boot, and certainly well out of sight. Pushing valuables underneath the seat will not prevent a thief from stealing it.
"Among the property stolen was a handbag, electrical equipment, sporting equipment and garden equipment. The cars were parked at various locations including a supermarket car park, outside a golf club in Dunblane, Maxwell Place and a hardware car park. The total value taken was worth a four-figure sum.
"You can help prevent your car being a target for thieves by taking some simple precautions. Do not leave valuables in view. Thieves are opportunists and it can take only moments to break in. Lock all doors and close windows and sunroofs when leaving your car.
"Wipe off any marks on the windscreen that may indicate there could be a SatNav. Never leave keys in the ignition when your car is unattended or unlocked."
The spokeswoman added: "By taking a few minutes to make sure your car is safe and valuables are out of sight, can prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. Keep your belongings safe, hidden and locked."
To report any crimes you can contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000
This article appeared in Allanwater Herald 13 Jul 12
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