Police Scotland has advised us that between 920pm and 1030pm on 12.07.15, keys for a motor vehicle were stolen via the letterbox at a house in King Street, Stenhousemuir. The keys were then used to steal the occupiers Audi motor car.
Police Scotland has advised they will put more nightshift patrols into the Larbert and Stenhousemuir area where they can, and have been arranging road checks through the night to see who is out and about late at night for some time now.
The Police are keen to remind people not to leave car keys visible to thieves, and to make sure that they are hidden from view as far as possible. For example, don’t leave keys on hall tables where they can effectively be ‘fished’ out by someone with the appropriate skill, patience and equipment. Also, people should ideally try and make sure their windows and doors are locked before going to bed.
The Police would also be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen people or vehicles acting suspiciously, or who saw the vehicle in question. The car concerned was a silver Audi Q7, jeep style vehicle. If you have any information, please call 101.
Police Scotland has sent us the following message in relation to a crime which took place yesterday in our Community Council area:
“On Wednesday 15th April 2015, between 1930-1945hrs, at Carronlea Drive, Carron, a house was entered whilst the occupant was putting items away in the garden shed. Jewellery was stolen from the house and the offender made good his escape. Residents are to be aware of the security of their property at all times, even when in different parts of their home or garden.”
The local Inspector from Police Scotland has been in touch with us asking is we could help spread the message that residents should be making sure they lock their house doors, even when they are at home. We would be grateful if you could share this message and ensure that any vulnerable neighbours or family members and friends are aware of the issues taking place locally.
There was a sneak in theft at a house near the entrance to The Inches estate a couple of days ago. The two occupiers left their home, each taking a car. Their teenage son was at home, but with the cars missing the property appeared unoccupied to someone looking from the main road. The son was at the rear of the house, with his ear phones on, when someone sneaked in through the front door and made his way into one of the bedrooms. They stole jewellery before leaving through the front door again. The teenager never heard a thing.
The Police have also had reports of persons hanging round houses who have newish and/or sporty, cars in the drive. People gaining access into houses, either by insecure doors or windows, or through breaking in (through patio doors mainly) has been something they’ve been seeing over the last year or so. The suspects then look for electrical items and car keys. On taking the car keys, they use them to steal the car. On one occasion, the householders car was stolen under these circumstances, but they didn’t realise the spare keys for their second car had also been taken. The perpetrators came back the next night and removed the second car, which was obviously very distressing for the family.
The Police have a good record in both detecting these crimes, and also in recovering stolen vehicles. They carry out pro-active patrols where they can, and they target nightshift road checks in key areas. Prevention is obvioulsy better than cure though, and they need everyone’s help to stop people becoming a victim of crime.
The key message is that residents should be looking to hide their vehicle keys where they won’t be easilly found by thieves. Some people are in the habit of leaving keys in view of windows and criminals are becoming practiced in ‘fishing’ keys through open windows or letter boxes.
Please be security conscious and help prevent future crimes of this nature by sharing this information.
Police Scotland has published its new local policing plans for each community policing team. You can view the local priorities for the 2 community policing teams covering our Community Council area at:
Bonnybridge and Larbert – click here.
Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst – click here.
The opening hours for Larbert Police Station change today (Monday 3rd March 2014). The Larbert office will be open to members of the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm with an hour break for lunch at 12:30pm.
Falkirk police station will be open 7am to midnight. 7 days a week.