Police dismay as public make it too easy for criminals

Renewed appeal over simple security measures.
Renewed appeal over simple security measures.

UNLOCKED GARAGES AND VEHICLES are still making life for criminals much easier than it needs to be, according to local officers in Moray and throughout the North East.

Repeated appeals are being issued urging that the public ensure their properties, garages and vehicles are locked and secure. However, despite that theft continue that succeeded because doors had been left insecure.

Now one of the lead officers in the region, Detective Inspector Matt Mackay, has reiterated the appeal that the public take simple steps that would make things much more difficult for the criminals.

He said: “From ongoing intelligence-led work it is becoming clear that there is a group of criminals emerging who will travel all over the Grampian Region to target your property. The overriding worry for us is that these people do not seem to care who they target, what they take and who they might hurt in the process.
“In their hands – the wrong hands – your vehicle is a lethal weapon, and a weapon which could have fatal consequences if the worst was to happen.

“Therefore I cannot stress the importance of ensuring your vehicles are locked and secure when unattended, and to make it impossible to gain access to your keys.
“I’d also add that these people are not overcoming elaborate security systems to gain access to your property – in the majority of cases they are simply trying house and car doors until they find one unlocked.

“They enter your home, pick up your keys within seconds and leave the area quickly and with ease. In some cases vehicles have even been left unattended and unlocked.

“By leaving your property insecure you are essentially, albeit inadvertently, assisting in their crime. Not only does this compromise your own safety, but also compromises the safety of the general public. Failing to lock your door may also negate any Insurance claim, as some insurers may not pay out in these circumstances.

“In the majority of cases there is one very simple solution – and that’s to lock up.”

Under Operation Magpie, launched earlier this year, police have focussed efforts on ensuring crime of this nature was being tackled – DI Mackay pointing out that a huge amount of preventative and in-depth analytical work had taken place with many successes.

He added: “I can assure the public that bringing these people to court is at the forefront of our policing priority, but we need the public’s help to ensure they don’t stand a chance in the first place.

“This is nothing more than a thrill for these opportunistic thieves – but it is a thrill that could sadly, and ultimately, end up costing someone their life. I would urge you to help us ensure that this is never the case.”

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