Thefts from sheds, barns and garages

Fraser Laird reports the following:

"Unfortunately we start the New Year with a number of thefts from sheds and outbuildings, primarily in the North East of Fife.

Sometime between the 22nd December and the 30th December a chainsaw was stolen from a wooden garden shed in the grounds of a cottage near Tayport. The key to the shed was left in the door during this time period.

During a similar time period a set of yellow and orange Draper bolt cutters were stolen from a garden shed in the ground of another cottage near to Tayport. There were a number of sheds on this property and none of them were locked, however the boltcutters were the only property stolen.

Sometime between the 29th December and the 30th December a winch was stolen from a Land Rover bumper whilst it was parked in a drive in Wormit, Newport-on-Tay. An attempt was also made to steal a roof light bar from the same vehicle.

At 2325 hours on the 31st December a farm near to Leven was targeted by two males who drilled out a padlock on a barn allowing them to gain access. A part of the door was also cut out so that they could open the bolt securing the door.

Once inside a large amount of industrial tools, welders, drills and grinders were taken. The males also took a red quad bike and trailer which was stored within the barn.

The males were later apprehended by Police and the property recovered.

Between 2100 hours on the 1st January and 1200 hours on the 2nd January a cottage near to Cupar was targeted and the door was ripped off a wooden shed, nothing was taken on this occasion.

Sometime between the 31st December 2017 and the 2nd January 2018 three garages in the Balmerino area were broken into. At this time it is not known exactly what has been stolen from these garages but a yellow and black De Walt drill, charger and batteries are missing from one of them.

Considerable force was used to open the garages, one which had an electric door and the other a roller shutter.

Three seat cushions were stolen from a Landrover which was parked on a farm near to Newport at the same time as the break ins to the garages.

A  number of these thefts have taken place due to sheds and outbuildings being insecure or having the keys left in locks, this makes things easy for any would be thief, draws unwanted attention to your property and possibly invalidates any insurance you may hold.

If you have sheds, garages or outbuildings they must be secured to the best of your ability, I understand that sometimes this is difficult but by simply locking a door this means the thief will have to spend extra time trying to get in rather than simply opening the door or turning a key.

There are several inexpensive padlock alarms and shed alarms on the market today, if you would like any advice on these please contact me on the telephone number below.

Please remain vigilant around your properties and report any suspicious sightings or activities immediately to the Police.

As always, if you have any information on any of the above incidents please contact the Police by telephoning 101.

Regards, Fraser”

Fraser Laird

Community Safety Officer
Violence and Alcohol Reduction Unit - Prevention
Police Scotland

Brunton House
320 High Street

Telephone 01383 318745

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