POLICE HAVE INCREASED their patrols in the New Elgin area in an attempt to combat incidents where carpet tacks are being scattered on local roads.
Residents are being urged to be vigilant after several incidents were reported in recent weeks of the tacks being deliberately scattered on Anderson Drive, Bezack Street and Murray Street.
Cars using these roads have been damaged as a result, with damage so far in excess of £1000 for incidents that prompting condemnation from local SNP councillor Graham Leadbitter.
He said: “This is an issue that has been ongoing in this area of New Elgin for a number of months. The nature of these incidents is concerning with damage to vehicles and a danger being posed to drivers, passengers and others in the area.
“There is also an obvious concern for pets that could be seriously injured by tacks being strewn on the road.
“It is an issue I have highlighted in the community and on social media and would reiterate the police message for anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact them.
“I know they are working hard to identify the individual or individuals responsible and any help they can get to stop this dangerous and downright idiotic anti-social behaviour will be very welcome indeed.”
Investigating the incidents is PC Roddy MacLeod: “These are senseless and indiscriminate acts which can have a significant impact on members of the public. I don’t need to spell out the hazard that damaged car tyres can cause, let alone the financial impact to the many victims.
“While we have been increasing patrols in the area, I would urge local residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.”
Anyone who has information on those responsible is being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.