As the nights become lighter and the weather improves officers in Aberdeenshire and Moray Division are reminding householders not to take their eye off the ball as far as home security is concerned.
As householders and their families spend time outdoors, doors and windows are often left wide open, providing a ready invitation to passing opportunist thieves who can sneak in and out in a matter of seconds taking valuable property with them.
Housebreaking and attempted house breaking have fallen 34.4% from 974 crimes in 2013/14 to 639 crimes in 2014/15. Break ins to homes have seen a 42.3% reduction from 2103/14 to 2014/15 with 261 crimes being recorded this year against 452 last.
Housebreaking in Aberdeenshire, itself, across the same period is down 39%.
Crimes of all dishonesty across Aberdeenshire and Moray have shown a 25.1% decrease comparing 2013/14 with 2014/15. In 2013/14, 5258 crimes of dishonesty were reported while only 3940 were recorded in 2014/15.
Motor vehicle crime across the Division also saw a reduction with a 38.7%% decrease in such crimes being reported when comparing 2013/14 with 2014/15. Break ins to cars and thefts from insecure vehicles also saw significant decreases of 69.4% and 50.5% respectively.
Superintendent George MacDonald said
While these figures clearly show a marked reduction in crimes of dishonesty in Aberdeenshire and Moray, we want homeowners and members of the community to make sure that their properties are secure and not provide an open invitation to thieves. As we move into the summer nights and the enjoyment that the better weather brings, we’d encourage people not to leave doors and windows open if they’re out of view.
Home security is vital and that follows for any garages, sheds and outbuildings. Given the valuable property that is stored in a typical family dwelling these days, it is vital that home owners take the security of outbuildings as seriously as their homes.
Please don’t make it easy for a thief by leaving doors and windows open. If you are out in the garden, make sure all doors and windows are locked, particularly those at ground floor level.
Only open windows of the room you are in and do not leave valuables in clear view, or easy to reach places.
If you are at home at night, lock the front and back doors – it is all too easy to be distracted by what’s on the TV and opportunist thieves will look upon an unlocked door as an open invitation. Make absolutely certain you have locked up before you go to bed at night.
Superintendent MacDonald added
We are here to listen and to keep people safe. If you see a crime or are aware of criminal activity contact Police Scotland on 101 and we will take the appropriate action. People want us to reduce crime and we are doing that in Aberdeenshire and Moray. With the support of our communities we will continue to drive down crime and make our streets even safer.
Also, please be a good neighbour, particularly towards older or vulnerable residents. Ask them if they require any assistance to make their homes safer and keep an eye out for them, as well as anyone coming to their door.
Anyone who sees any suspicious activity in their community, or who has any information that could assist Police Scotland should call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.