RESIDENTS are being encouraged to take steps to protect their property following a number of break-ins into huts and garages around the Bellevue Crescent area in Ayr.

Last week, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers assisted alongside police officer to provide information leaflets to residents with security advice on work being carried out to target crime within the area.

South Ayrshire area commander, Chief Inspector Gary I’Anson, said: “We are grateful for the assistance of the Youth Volunteers who helped us in raising awareness of this issue. I want to reassure residents we are working to tackle this issue. We have increased patrols in the area and have deployed plain clothed officers in an effort to identify those responsible.

“I would encourage residents to take steps to ensure they secure their property to prevent them from becoming a victim of crime. Small steps can be enough to deter a criminal from choosing your property.”

Steps you can take to protect your property include:
- Ensuring you have good quality locks/hasps on any garages, huts and gates.
- Do not leave high value items in view, make sure items such as bikes are secure.
- Alarms are very effective tools to deter criminals from your property and need not be expensive. Small audio only alarms can be fitted for little cost.
- Do not leave bins or other ‘Climbing Aids’ next to gates or walls as these are often used to help gain entry to your property.

Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police immediately by calling 101 or dialling 999 in an emergency.