Ad­vice to pupils fol­low­ing spate of thefts from school

The Oban Times - - News - EMMA CRICH­TON ecrich­ton@oban­times.co.uk

re­ported that an iPod, money and make-up had been taken from a bag in­side the fe­male chang­ing rooms and par­ents have used Face­book to warn oth­ers about items which have al­legedly been stolen.

One par­ent posted an ap­peal for the re­turn of her daugh­ter’s purse which was taken while she was in a dance class last week. It was re­turned later but with­out money in­side.

The fa­ther of a third year pupil told the Oban Times he is wor­ried af­ter see­ing the Face­book posts and his daugh­ter had money taken from her bag twice in two days. He said: ‘It’s not nice to know there’s peo­ple like that around your kids, es­pe­cially at school.

‘ You can’t help but think it’s go­ing to get worse as they get older be­cause if get away with steal­ing £20 they’ll do it more and more un­til they’re steal­ing from shops.’

Mr Suther­land said there can be more than 1,000 peo­ple in the build­ing ev­ery day and en­cour­aged pupils to keep their prop­erty safe.

He said: ‘Money and valu­ables should be kept on your per­son or se­cure in a locker.

‘Dur­ing PE, pupils have the op­tion to give any­thing valu­able to a teacher for safe­keep­ing.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, not ev­ery­one in the world is hon­est and, with so many peo­ple in the build­ing at once, it can be dif­fi­cult to track down the peo­ple be­hind thefts, although we have had suc­cess in the past.’

Mr Suther­land said some in­ci­dents have been re­ported to him but oth­ers were only brought to his at­ten­tion by the Oban Times: ‘If some­one has lost some­thing or sus­pects it has been stolen par­ents should feel free to con­tact me di­rectly. If some­thing has been taken we should be made aware of it be­cause we can’t in­ves­ti­gate or re­trieve it if we don’t know it has hap­pened.’

Lochaber area in­spec­tor, Don­ald Camp­bell, con­firmed two in­ci­dents have been re­ported to po­lice since the new term started in Au­gust.

He said: ‘The school will have a pol­icy about what to bring to school and how to keep it safe, but my ad­vice would be to make sure any valu­able items are ei­ther se­cure or on your per­son at all times.’

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