Police in East Ayrshire are encouraging residents to review their home security following a recent rise in sneak in thefts in the area.

In a number of recent incidents entry has been gained through an unlocked door or open window – there are steps we can all take to reduce the chances of becoming the victim of this type of crime.

Safer Communities Officer for East Ayrshire, PC Marshall, said:  “Our advice may seem simple – keep your home secure – make sure windows and doors are locked.

“If you are in the back of the house for example make sure the front door is locked and windows are closed over. When you leave home double check your home is secure, if you have an alarm fitted – use it, look out for your neighbours and report any suspicious activity to police.

“We encourage residents to regularly review their home security – for the latest crime prevention advice visit the Keep Safe pages of the Police Scotland website or contact your local crime prevention officer by calling 101.”

–  Keep your home secure, don’t leave windows and doors open when you are not at home.
–  Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or anywhere else an intruder may easily find them.
–  Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in the house. If you must then disperse it in various locations.
–  Security mark your property with a UV marker pen. You can use this pen to place an invisible imprint of your postcode and house number on your possessions.
–  Record details of your valuables, such as mobile phone, cameras, laptops and tablets on the national mobile property register at www.immobilise.com.
– If you see anyone acting suspiciously please call your local policing team by calling 101 (always dial 999 in an emergency).

For the latest crime prevention advice visit: 

Ian George
Resource Worker
Adult Protection Unit
East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Civic Centre (North)
John Dickie Street
T: 01563 576976
F: 01563 576966
Winners of Employee Excellence Award 2015

Police Scotland – Warning Notice

Police Scotland are urging residents to always be wary of unknown or unexpected callers who claim that maintenance work is required on your property, never accept offers on your doorstep and if you are made to feel uncomfortable or intimidated call a trusted friend, neighbour or police.

The advice comes after bank staff helped to thwart a bogus roof work con after becoming concerned at a man in his 50s withdrawing thousands of pounds to pay for it. Staff alerted the police after the man tried to withdraw £5,000 to pay for the roofing work.

Please ensure any elderly, service users, family and friends are aware of this scam.