Don’t make it easy for crim­i­nals

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - with sergeant Bobchalmers

Re­cent in­ci­dents sug­gest that there has been an in­crease in op­por­tunis­tic thefts from ve­hi­cles and houses at var­i­ous times of the day and night.

Leav­ing mo­bile phones, bags and any other valu­ables in clear view in your car, or on a win­dowsill at home, runs the risk of a break-in.

Place your valu­ables out of sight un­der your seat, or bet­ter still in the boot. On the run-up to Christ­mas there is al­ways an in­crease in thefts as the shops are busier and shop­pers can let their guard down as the only thing on their mind is to get those gifts pur­chased in time for the fes­tive sea­son.

Watch out for pick-pock­ets as they gen­er­ally work as a team of three or more peo­ple. Shops will gen­er­ally have more staff and se­cu­rity on over the fes­tive pe­riod, how­ever we can all help by be­ing more alert to the risks.

Some of you will do your shop­ping on­line, but be aware of the scam­mers who have at­tempted re­cently to de­fraud a lo­cal lady out of cash.

The scam in­volves a phone call claim­ing they are call­ing from HMRC, and that if there is a fail­ure to pay an out­stand­ing tax debt then this can re­sult in a prison sen­tence. The re­cip­i­ent of the call is in­structed to at­tend at a Post Of­fice and pur­chase Pay Save vouch­ers and post them off to a mail­box ad­dress.

Crimes high­lighted this week have been a break-in at a house in Hawthorn Gar­dens, Larkhall, overnight be­tween Novem­ber 4 and 5, where the back door glass panel was smashed, some­one en­tered and items were stolen. Tools owned by the house­holder had been left out­side and ap­par­ently used by the per­pe­tra­tor to in­ter­fere with se­cu­rity light­ing and gain en­try.

Make it as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble for them and keep all gar­den tools es­pe­cially spades, out of sight as these can be used to force open pa­tio doors.

Sim­i­larly, in Machan­hill, a man was dis­turbed in the front gar­den of a house by the res­i­dents.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at 5.10pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3, and the man had walked up a long drive­way to stare in the house win­dow be­fore be­ing chal­lenged.

He fell run­ning from the scene and is de­scribed as 5ft 10ins, aged 20-25, wear­ing dark blue jeans and grey top with the hood up.

In Hamil­ton, a break-in oc­curred at Mote­hill, where ac­cess was gained through a win­dow, set­ting off the house alarm.

A paving slab, which was un­used in the gar­den, was put to use by the thief to help him get up to the win­dow.

This oc­curred be­tween 4pm and 7pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2, and al­though there is no de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect, it shows it’s not just dur­ing the night these types of crime oc­cur.

At 10.15pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3, a man and woman left Blan­tyre train sta­tion and were at­tacked by two young males who were de­scribed as be­ing in their early 20s, wear­ing black cloth­ing. One of them was car­ry­ing a white car­rier bag. No weapons were used and the mo­tive is un­known at this time.

Call po­lice on the non-emer­gency num­ber 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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