TAYSIDE Police are urging Angus people to take steps to prevent any Halloween horror stories of a criminal kind.
With the nights becoming darker earlier, people are being warned to think about home security and not give opportunist criminals an open invitation.
Over the winter period, Tayside Police will be increasing high visibility patrols during the hours of darkness with the aim of preventing crime after dark and encouraging householders to focus on their home security.
Sergeant Fergus Storrier urged people to take notice of the campaign and take simple steps to make their home more secure.
He said: “We do not want there to be any opportunities for criminals to prosper and there is no doubt that simple measures can and do act as effective deterrents.
“The easiest way to avoid becoming a victim of crime at this time of year is to make sure your property is well lit.
“Windows, doors and outbuildings should all be properly secured, even when you are at home.
“If you go out in the evening, set timer switches to lights and maybe even the radio to give the impression of an occupied home.
“Check all external lighting to ensure it is working.
“With regards to any lock-ups, sheds, garages and out buildings, all doors, windows, should be properly secured to prevent the opportunistic thief.
“Tools and ladders should also be locked away to prevent them being in a crime.
“Setting curtains or blinds to try and prevent the opportunistic thief from window shopping is also a must.”
Tayside Police have also been advising householders to security mark all valuables with their postcode and house number and make a list of their property.
They say doing so makes it easier to return stolen property to its rightful owner in the event that it is recovered.
And above all, they recommend being a good neighbour, particularly if you have older or vulnerable neighbours.
They suggest asking them if they require any assistance to make their homes safer and keeping 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 you can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 and ask to be put through to your local community officer.
Anyone with information that they think may be of use should contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you see a crime in progress call 999.