Police urge residents to protect property in rural areas

Aberdeenshire residents living in rural areas are being urged to tighten security around their properties as the darker winter nights draw in.

The remote location of properties such as farms and lodges can make them a target for thieves.

Constable Andy Rankin, Crime Reduction Officer for Aberdeenshire Division, said: “Garden sheds, garages, and farm outbuildings can be targets for thieves as such buildings are often not as well protected as houses. In addition, these types of buildings can contain valuable items such as bicycles, power tools, farm equipment, and fuel.

“I would urge owners to have a check of their security and make any improvements necessary.

“Ensuring that screws on hasps and doors cannot be unscrewed from the outside, or using ‘one way screws’, also makes it more difficult for thieves.

“Simple precautions can be taken like screening windows so that the contents of buildings can’t be seen.

“Finally, fitting an infra red security light or a small shed alarm, both of which are fairly cheap and readily available, can also act as deterrents to those intent on stealing from you.”

Residents in rural areas are also encouraged to tell a family member or neighbour if they will be away from their house for any period of time and ask neighbours to conduct checks on their property.

Anyone seeking further advice should contact their local Grampian Police Crime Reduction Officer on 0845 600 5 700 or visit the Grampian Police website for further information.

Safe Drive, Stay Alive

Grampian Police, along with Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership are hosting another ‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ event at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 7.

And a free bus service will be provided from Peterhead for anyone interested in attending.

‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ is a road safety initiative aimed primarily at pre-drivers aged between 16 -17 years.

The event is a mixture of video footage and live stage performances by members of the emergency services.

It includes inputs from a road crash victim and a parent bereaved by a road crash and explores the aftermath of a road collision involving a young driver and their young passengers.

The pick up point is Peterhead fire station between 5.45pm and 6pm.

Organisers can also pick people up from their homes to take them to the Fire Station meeting point. To give the organisers an idea of how many people would be interested in coming, contact Anne Allan or Sandy Allan on (01779) 841422.