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'Rural crime likely to rise' warning issued
12:21pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A combination of dark nights and continued economic uncertainty is a recipe for an increase in rural crime, warns the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Statistically, October and November are the two months in the year when police receive more reports of burglaries than any other time.
Douglas Chalmers, CLA North director of policy and public affairs, said: “Each year we seem to experience an increase in crime in the countryside almost as soon as the clocks go back.
"This winter, with more people already struggling to pay their bills and now facing higher heating costs, experience sadly suggests that we could see a bigger increase than usual.
“Again sadly, rural areas present the greatest opportunity for thieves. Isolated houses and buildings, less lighting, fewer witnesses and the ease of being able to watch the owner’s movements all add up to a very attractive target for thieves.
“But simply being aware is not enough, and neither is just relying on the farm dog.
" Protecting your property need not be complicated, but does need to be effective.
"Tools and equipment should never be left lying unprotected, and ignition keys should never be left in vehicles.
"Installing security lights can be an effective deterrent as thieves can see them and know their presence will be picked up.
“Look around your premises now, and try to do so with a thief’s eye, looking for weak spots and areas in permanent darkness, and from all sides.”