Local police have sent out a warning to homeowners to look after their property after a spate of break-ins and sneak-in thefts in Forfar.
There have been reports of seven sneak-in thefts to houses and outbuildings and two break-ins to houses.
Sergeant Fergus Storrier, Community Policing in Angus said: “You can help make your home safer by taking some simple security measures.
“Setting timers on internal lights and radios allows your home to appear to be occupied, fitting or checking external security lights are functioning properly, locking all doors, windows, sheds and lock-up garages.
“Please use substantial locks on all outbuilding sheds and garages.
“Put away all garden tools and ladders or secure them if they cannot be stored.
“Set curtains or blinds to deter people ‘window shopping’.
“Mark all valuables with your postcode and house number and make an inventory of your property.
“Consider installing an intruder alarm and remember, if you do have one, please use it.
“It is important to remember that if you see anything suspicious at all, don’t keep this information to yourself.
“If a crime is occurring or about to take place contact the Police immediately on 999. If you have information use the non-emergency number 101.”
There is a number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the Angus area to join or, if not, why not start one?
For further information or crime prevention advice contact your local Community Police Officer.
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland, Tayside Division on 101, or any police officer.