Secure your power tools

Following thefts from vehicles and premises in the Stranraer and Newton Stewart area, Police are urging motorists to think vehicle security.

Crime Reduction Officer, Constable Alison Bell advises: “Vehicle security is important at all times of the year, especially if you carry high value and easily transportable items such as power tools. At Christmas time vehicle security is even more important and by taking a few simple steps you can avoid the upset caused by a theft.”

“Firstly, if you are leaving your vehicle unattended, even for a short time, lock all doors and check the windows are closed. If you have an alarm fitted to your vehicle, set the alarm as well.”

“Don’t leave property visible in your vehicle; this includes power tools, Christmas presents, handbags, purses, coats and wallets. If you have to leave them in the vehicle, leave them out of sight in the boot and remove them as soon as possible.”

If you have tools in your vehicle, remove from the vehicle them at night and mark your property, either by UV pen, etching, painting them or using a DNA marking system. (Details can be obtained by contacting your local Crime Reduction Officer at the Police Station.)

If you hear a car alarm don’t ignore it, look out of the window and check that everything is in order. If you see anything suspicious please report it to Police on 0845 600 5701 or if urgent 999.

Alternatively if you have any information regarding any of the thefts which have occurred you can contact Police on 0845 600 5701 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.