Rural security warning

Police in Angus have advised rural residents and businesses to consider their security after recent break-ins in the Arbroath area.

Thieves made off with a power washer and a chainsaw after a shed was broken into at a farm in the Carmyllie area between 6 a.m. on Monday, June 24, and 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25.

Between 10.40 p.m. on Monday, June 24, and 12 noon on Tuesday, June 25, a shed was also broken into at a farm in St Vigeans. Thieves made off empty handed.

The nature of rural locations can present opportunities for thieves and rural householders and businesses should consider their security particularly if there are no obvious protective measures available.

Lockable gates for service roads and tracks, additional locking systems for buildings, alarms and CCTV for outbuildings are a few simple measures which can reduce the opportunities for crime. Property marking systems for tools and equipment should always be considered.

Residents and commercial operations within the countryside areas are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity particularly surrounding building or construction sites or temporary traffic lights or houses under renovation.

For further information and advice contact your local Community Police Officer or contact the Crime Prevention Officer at 01307 475978.

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.