AN INITIATIVE to tackle a rise in housebreakings has been launched in Moray.
Police officers and community wardens have been issuing advice to residents.
The move follows a 29% increase in the number of housebreakings in Moray.
‘After Dark’ leaflets are being delivered as part of the national Operation RAC.
Police insist they will continue to investige housebreakings rigorously and a number of offenders have already been reported in Moray as part of the crackdown.
Sgt Neil Campbell, head of the local RAC team, added: “The purpose of the leaflet drop is to give house occupiers an awareness of the steps they can take to make their homes and property more secure, reducing the opportunity for thieves.
“Simple measures such as ensuring doors are locked and any tools such as ladders or electrical equipment are removed from gardens are the first steps in preventing housebreaking. Householders can also consider the use of timer switches and external security lighting.”
Anyone who sees anything suspicious in their neighbourhood should report it to Police Scotland on 101.
For more on this story see ‘The Northern Scot’ print version on Friday.