Police advice after spate of sneak in thefts in the area

Police warning people to watch out as there's sneak thieves about.
Police warning people to watch out as there's sneak thieves about.

The police are urging people to be vigilant after a spate of opportunist thefts in the area.

There was an attempt to steal from a car after the lock was broken on Kinglass Road, Bearsden, between 7pm on Saturday, July 16 and 5am the following day.

There were another two attempts to steal from cars which were parked on Thorn Grove, Bearsden.

One attempt was some time between 11pm on Saturday, July 17 and 8.45am the following day and the other attempt was made some time between 4pm on Saturday, July 17 and 7.35am the following day.

Meanwhile a car was stolen from the driveway of a home on Balfleurs Street in Milngavie some time between 11pm on Saturday, July 17 and 6.45am the following day.

The police have issued a letter of guidance and safety advice to residents following these recent of sneak in thefts and break-ins.

Detective Inspector Mark Henderson from Kirkintilloch Police Office, said: “We want to reassure people that the area is receiving significant directed patrols by uniformed and plain clothes officers.

“We have officers dedicated to resolving any reported matters and will use all means possible to prevent further incidents and to detect and arrest offenders.

“Always remember your personal safety. Do not confront any suspects.”

How to protect your home:

Adopt a nightly routine such as checking doors and windows are locked before you go to bed and if you are popping out - even if it’s only for a few minutes.

If you have an alarm active it prior to retiring for the night or when leaving the premises empty.

Do not leave keys in the door overnight to prevent fishing them out through the letterbox.

Secure all keys out of sight, preferably upstairs.

Avoid leaving car keys or valuables within easy reach or visible through a window, door or letterbox.

Use key operated locks on your windows (this increases the time a burglar takes to get in window increasing the chance of being caught).

Don’t leave spare house or car keys hidden outside.

When going out use a timer switch for your lights and consider leaving a radio on.

Avoid leaving tools, ladders or other item in your garden that can be used to break into your home or outbuildings. Ensure fencing around your home is maintained and keep gates, sheds and garages locked.

Consider property marking your valuables, this makes it easier to identify if recovered.

How to protect your vehicles:

Avoid leaving possessions within your car.

Consider an alarm, immobiliser or tracking device for your car and have the windows etched with the registration and VIN number.

Do not leave sat navs or phone chargers within your vehicle and remove suction cup marks from the windscreen.

Please do not hesitate to contact your local police office by phoning 101, or if urgent dial 999.