Police have warned residents to be more security conscious after a spate of thefts from insecure cars and homes.
In April alone, thieves took advantage of 24 unlocked houses and 26 motor vehicles across North Lanarkshire.
Meanwhile, Kirkintilloch Police have issued a list of ways householders can avoid becoming burglary targets.
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Police said: “Check that all doors and windows are locked - even if only popping out for a minute - and make sure that house keys are not in sight or easy to reach from windows or doors.
“Always keep your car locked. This includes closing the sunroof and windows - even if you only leave it for a few seconds. That’s all it takes for a criminal to steal your car or belongings.”
Advice from Kirkintilloch police includes NEVER leaving a spare key concealed near your house, keeping valuables out of sight of windows and resisting the urge to label house keys - in case they fall into the wrong hands.
Residents are also advised to make it look like their house is occupied when they are away, by installing timers to turn lights and music on and off and drawing curtains.
Inspector Donald Leitch, of Kirkintilloch Police, said: “All of this seems a lot of information to take in, but it is good advice to protect yourself and your property against those who are intent on taking advantage of any opportunities to commit crime. One crime of this nature is one too many, and often the victims are the most vulnerable in the community.”
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