Published: 29/08/2017 15:58 - Updated: 29/08/2017 16:02

Police warn of thefts in rural areas

 

There have been thefts in Sutherland
There have been thefts in Sutherland

 

Police Scotland is appealing for information and offering security advice after a series of thefts in rural areas.

A number of garden tools were stolen after entry was forced to a shed in Morar some time between 11pm on Saturday, August 26 and 9.30am the following morning.

The equipment included a green and white petrol lawnmower, a yellow petrol chainsaw and a Stihl branded petrol strimmer.

Another separate incident occurred in the Lochinver area where entry was forced to a shed at a commercial property and a quantity of cash stolen.

Police have previously appealed for information after reports of thefts around the Wester Ross, Lochaber and Sutherland areas and officers are encouraging residents and businesses to take steps to make sure their property is secure.

Sergeant Kay MacRae said: “I would like to take the opportunity to remind householders in rural areas to take precautions to make sure they do not become victims of crime.

“Isolated areas allow opportunistic thieves the opportunity to operate undisturbed so it is sensible to take steps to make sure your property is secured.

“Make sure you store your valuable items securely and out of sight from outside the building.

“It is also good practice to take a note of serial numbers or give your property a unique mark.

“If any doubt about suspicious activity, report it giving as much detail as possible to help us.

“Anyone with concerns or information information can contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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