Police appeal for information on robberies

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Police in Angus are appealing for information following a spate of break-ins to a shed, a storage unit and a garage earlier this week.

Sometime between 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, and 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday January 22, a shed was broken into at Howard Street, Arbroath and a yellow Giant 10 speed mountain bike was stolen.

A storage unit at the rear of Old Mill Place, Friockheim, was targeted between 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, and 7.10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, where a Flymo and a silver garden fork were stolen.

A yellow Suzuki RMZ 250cc motocross motorcycle and a black and orange coloured KTM 50cc motocross automatic motorcycle were stolen from a garage in McCulloch Drive in Forfar between 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, and 7.10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

Sergeant Fergus Storrier, Community Policing, Angus said: “Good quality locks and hinges should be used to secure your sheds, outbuildings and garages. All external fixings for sheds should be secured with non-returnable screws or carriage bolts. There are also a number of items available for garage doors to prevent easy entry. Consider close shackled padlocks and using them in conjunction with a mortice lock.

“Those items stored within your shed or garage can be secured by running a steel cable through the equipment and secured to the framework with a close shackled padlock. Larger items in particular motor cycles can use things like anchor points with heavy duty chains and close shackled or security padlocks. If your shed or garage has a window, fit a curtain or blinds to deter prying eyes. Mark your property by engraving, etching or tagging or even using an ultraviolet pen with your post code and house number.

“If you have an existing intruder alarm system you may be able to incorporate the shed or lock up garage with that system. There are also inexpensive shed alarms available on the market.”

He added : “As motorcycles have been targeted I would urge members of the public to report incidents where there is antisocial behaviour with motorcycle use.”

Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland, Tayside Division on 101, or any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.