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CRIME PREVENTION WARNING

Alert message sent 13/02/2019 14:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


ACQUISITIVE CRIME PREVENTION WARNING FROM SUPERINTENDENT MACINNES

Lothians and Scottish Borders Supt, Angus MacInnes has issued the following comment following a spate of break-ins and thefts across the division:

Supt MacInnes said:

"Communities within West Lothian, East Lothian and Midlothian will be aware of witness appeals we have issued in the past week relating to housebreakings at homes and businesses throughout these regions".

"We have a dedicated team of officers investigating these incidents as part of Operation Greenbay, which is the division's response to acquisitive crime offences that take place throughout the Lothians and Scottish Borders and even into neighbouring regions. Rest assured, we are working tirelessly to identify those responsible and bring them to justice as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle crimes of this nature."

"The public have a vital role to play in preventing housebreakings - both domestic and commercial, and by taking a few simple security precautions you can safeguard your property from criminals. Where possible, invest in good locks and also consider security alarms and motion-activated lighting. In addition, any premises being left unattended should always be appropriately secured and valuables stored safely out of sight."

"Vehicle owners who have parked their cars, vans and motorcycles up for the evening should also ensure that keys are not easy to access, should anyone manage to enter your home or business. Furthermore, any items of value that are within your vehicle should be removed or stored out of sight when you leave."

"We would also urge the public to remain vigilant for suspicious activity around homes and businesses and report and concerns they have to police immediately."

There is a range of really useful crime prevention advice available on our website and this can be obtained by visiting http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/
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Allen Paul (Police, Constable, Lothian and Scottish Borders)

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