Grampian Police is urging car and home owners in the Portlethen area to take some basic crime prevention measures to avoid falling victim to thieves following a series of thefts from insecure vehicles, gardens and sheds overnight.
Between 8pm on Wednesday May 2 and 7.30am on Thursday May 3, pedal cycles and satellite navigations systems were amongst the items stolen in Myrtle Terrace, School Drive and Bruntland Road, Portlethen.
Properties in nearby Marywell were also targeted, where a motor car was stolen having been left insecure with the keys in the ignition. This vehicle was subsequently recovered by officers. The items stolen are worth a high three-figure sum. Police are following a positive line of enquiry.
Constable Claire Pirie of Kincardine & Mearns Local Policing Team said, “ Over the last few days there have been a number of thefts from motor cars in the Portlethen area, where the cars were left insecure.
“Thefts from motor cars is probably one of the most preventable crimes. Therefore I am urging all car users to ensure that they lock their vehicle every time they leave it unattended and if the motor vehicle is fitted with an alarm system, to switch it on every time you park, furthermore if possible when parking overnight to do so in a well lit area, preferably within sight of your home.
“Always remove items of personal property when you leave the car, but if this is not possible then they should be placed out of sight in the boot, whilst items stolen in these recent incidents include satellite navigations systems and personal possessions, please remember that even an old coat that you know to be worthless may be attractive to a thief if they think it may contain money or cards in a pocket.”
If anyone has information regarding these recent crimes they are asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.