‘Lock it or Lose it,’ say Police Scotland

Police have told residents to lock it or lose it - photo posed by model
Police have told residents to lock it or lose it - photo posed by model

Police Scotland have urged residents in Kincardine and Mearns to be extra vigilant after a spate of sneak-in thefts in the area.

Properties in Laurencekirk, Stonehaven and Portlethen were targeted by opprotunist theives and various items of value were stolen overnight on Monday, February 3.

A 24-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal after a BMW was stolen from a property in Stonehaven on Tuesday, February 4, and was later recovered near Strachan.

Superintendent Mark Cooper, of Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, has urged residents to continue to be wary of opportunistic thieves operating in their area and to not leave any valuables unattended.

He added: “We’ve issued numerous security messages highlighting the issue of sneak-in thefts and have continued to urge resident to lock their doors, but I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people once again that they have to remain vigilant in securing their property as opportunistic thieves are still targeting numerous areas.

“At this time of year, people will often like to warm up their car first thing in the morning before heading to work, but they have to remember that this is all it takes; leaving your vehicles unattended for a matter of minutes can have consequences. Likewise, leaving your property unsecure may also make it a target for thieves scouring a neighbourhood.

“We are, of course, continuing in our efforts to crack down on reports of thefts throughout Aberdeenshire, but I cannot stress enough that we need the help of members of the public to do so and reiterate that, by leaving their doors open and vehicles unlocked, they are essentially making themselves vulnerable and open to crime.

“Residents have to stay vigilant and lock their doors so that they do not become victims of opportunistic theft - the message is simple here: lock it or lose it.”

Anybody with information regarding the sneak-in thefts or wishing to report suspicious activity in their area can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.