Beware burglars!

BURGLARIES during the hours of darkness are concerning Tayside Police.

Among items stolen recently are lap top computers, audio equipment including iPods, and jewellery.

The Police ‘After Dark’ campaign is aimed at raising awareness about home security and crime prevention and also sees Tayside Police officers undertaking high visibility patrols during the hours of darkness.

Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, Claire Taylor said: “When people are out in the evening they should set timer switches to lights and radios to help give the impression of an occupied home. Checks should also be made on all external lighting to make sure they are working properly.

“A significant proportion of housebreakings are as a result of an open door or window.

Residents must ensure that all windows, doors and garages are secured. Tools and ladders should be locked away in sheds or garages.

“Householders should security-mark all valuables with their postcode and house number. Make an inventory of your property.

“Be a good neighbour, particularly if you have older or vulnerable neighbours. Keep an eye out for them, and watch 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. Contact Angus Care and Repair at 01307 463232.

For further advice on security speak to the Crime Prevention Officer at 01307 477477.