Rural thieves on the go again locally

POLICE are warning that rural thieves are on the march again, with offences committed in various country locations including Rossie.

Thieves are interested in particular batteries, plant machinery, fuel and metal.

Thefts have included batteries, and fuel siphoned from a dumper truck.

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

Police advice is: “Never leave machinery adjacent to the roadside, if it is convenient for you to reach it will be convenient for a thief, too.”

Secure, temporary fencing should be considered for all plant, fuel storage and vehicles if they must be left on site.

Surplus or unnecessary equipment, plant and vehicles, should be taken away and smaller items and materials can be stored within a secured metal container if kept on site.

CCTV systems and or alarm systems should also be considered.

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.