Warning that darker nights are leading to more thefts

BMW stolen in Lossiemouth was recovered - not everyone will be so lucky.
BMW stolen in Lossiemouth was recovered – not everyone will be so lucky.

DARKER NIGHTS IN Moray lead to opportunist thefts – and that means residents need to take additional care with several housebreaking reports in the region.

These included the theft of a vehicle in Lossiemouth last week, when thieves gained entry through a back door, took the car keys and stole it from the drive.

Fortunately for the victims, in that instance an appeal online assisted by insideMoray resulted in the car later being found undamaged.

Now police are warning everyone to take additional security measures, making sure their property is secured at all times.

Chief Inspector Elaine Logue said: “With the change of season bringing darker nights we are encouraging householders to take steps to discourage criminals by ensuring that their cars and homes are locked and secured.

“Plan ahead and remember that it may be dark when you leave and return from work. Simple measures such as having lights on timer switches can make your home look occupied and deter would be thieves.

“Always keep your valuables out of sight and remember that a simple act such as keeping your car keys out of easy reach of your door can be a vital step in preventing a crime from taking place.

“Officers will continue to patrol local areas to provide reassurance to the public but I would urge anyone to call police if they see anything unusual, concerning or suspicious. Let us decide whether the activity is criminal.

“Anyone who witnesses anyone acting suspiciously in their area is advised to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous. In an emergency always dial 999.”

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