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Look out, there are thieves about

POLICE ARE urging rural residents to think about the security of their homes and sheds following a number of quad bike thefts.

Quad bikes have been stolen from farm buildings in Perth and Kinross
Quad bikes have been stolen from farm buildings in Perth and Kinross

Since the beginning of December last year, a number of quad bikes have been stolen in the Perth and Kinross area, all of them more or less from areas bordering Central Scotland or Fife. In some instances these quads have been removed from secured barns or outhouses where the security has been overcome.

In light of these thefts, the police have reminded people of the importance of taking simple crime prevention measures day and night and the role they can play in keeping an eye out for suspicious goings on in the area.

Residents should:

- Ensure that your home, farm and outbuildings are secure;

- Use British Standard locks and high security closed-shackle padlocks – never leave your shed, garage or outbuilding unlocked;

- Lock windows and doors, remove keys from locks and keep out of visible reach;

- Consider fitting intruder alarms, CCTV and good outside security lighting, check regularly to ensure they work; for visibility at night, consider sensor-operated lighting which is convenient and an effective deterrent;

- Make it more difficult for criminals to simply unscrew locks or hinges of shed doors by fitting carriage bolts or clutch head security screws. Another method of stopping screws being removed is to fill the heads with epoxy resin;

- If your outbuilding has windows, consider fitting a curtain, or similar, to obscure the view of the building's contents;

- Security mark all equipment with your postcode to increase the likelihood of it being returned if stolen and then subsequently recovered. Marking should be obvious, where possible, although an ultra violet pen or Smartwater can be used for more discreet marking;

- A steel cable threaded through removable property and secured to the building can make it extremely difficult for the thief to steal;

- Secure, immobilise and remove keys from the ignition of vehicles and equipment when not in use

- Keep vehicles and equipment somewhere secure when not in use;

- Consider fitting your vehicles, trailers and quad bikes with a tracker system;

- Consider joining your local Farmwatch or Horsewatch scheme.

Remember, thieves may case a property in advance by making up an excuse to call round. Try to take a note of their registration number and report the incident to police using the non emergency number on 0300 111 2222.

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