Residents urged to ensure their homes are secure

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Police Scotland is urging Aberdeenshire and Moray residents to review their home security this summer.

By taking a few precautions Police Scotland hope that holidaymakers will not become victims of crime.

Police Constable Kev Marron of the Crime Reduction Unit wishes to remind residents that before leaving on holiday, they should ensure their home and any outbuildings are securely locked and benefit from effective lighting.

He said: “Items of value within a garage, shed or outbuilding should ideally be secured to the fabric of the building or similar and property marked.

“Don’t leave valuable items insecure in your garden, or tools and ladders which a thief can use to overcome the security of doors or windows.”

“PC Marron added: “When enjoying the summer sun in your rear garden remember to lock your front door and don’t leave windows open if you are going out.”

He encourages residents to make their home look occupied while they are away by asking a neighbour or friend to check on their home every day and ensure lights go on and off and any post is removed from the front door.

He also recommends cancelling milk and paper deliveries when away.

“Be careful regarding social media announcements in relation to holiday plans.

“Keep an eye out for any vulnerable residents in your community and report anything suspicious by telephoning 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency.”