“Operation After Dark runs from now until January next year and local police will utilise various measures, including additional road checks and increased high-visibility foot patrols, particularly during the hours of darkness, to provide reassurance to the public over the months ahead.”
There are a few simple measures that everyone can take that will help to ensure that they and their property stay safe and secure during the hours of darkness.
PC Burgess went on: “Make sure that you lock all windows and doors at night and check that all garages and sheds are secure. Don’t leave anything valuable, such as a bike for example, lying about in the garden. Put away your garden tools – and ladders as well.
“Keep a light on if you are going out. A timer is a good idea if you are going to be away for a few days.
“Consider installing preventative measures, such as outside lighting, at your property or an alarm.
“Close your blinds or curtains to deter ‘window shopping’, and mark valuables with your postcode and house number.
“Also, check to make sure your neighbours are okay.”
Police officers and safer community wardens (Rattray only) will be on hand to provide advice on keeping safe.
For further information, or to report any suspicious activity, contact Blairgowrie Police on 03001112222.