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A Reminder to be Vigilant

We have been informed that there has been an increase in ‘break ins’ to houses  across the Edinburgh area, where cars have been stolen. We have been asked therefore to remind members to be aware and extra vigilant, and to report any suspicious activity / persons to the Police on either 101 or ‘999’.  Remember, do not leave your car keys in easy view, even when in the house.

In response to this there are a number of initiatives ongoing, which include road checks, plain clothes patrols as well as High Visibility patrols and these will continue for the foreseeable future.  Here are some Home Security tips we were provided with:

Many opportunistic thieves do not have to break in to homes at all, as a door or window may have been left open or unlocked. Always ensure they are secure.  Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or elsewhere that they can be easily found.  Don’t put your name on keyrings because if lost or stolen, the opportunist will have all the information he needs to direct him/her to your home.  Don’t keep house keys and car keys on the same key ring. Don’t leave valuables in sight of windows.  If you have a wall calendar, avoid mounting it near a window from where appointments can potentially be seen – this could indicate when your house will be empty.  Mark your possessions with a UV marker. You can use the marker to record your postcode and house number on items such as mobile phones, cameras, laptops and tablets. UV Kits are available on a number of well-known websites and can be purchased for under £10.00.  Make your house look occupied at all times.  Make sure your motor car is secure, preferably garaged if possible and store the car keys out of sight.