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Police Scotland officers urges motorists in Strathspey and Badenoch to beware thieves after spate of thefts from vehicles in Boat of Garden and Carrbridge

By Philip Murray

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Police Scotland news.
Police Scotland news.

A SPATE of thefts from vehicles in the strath have sparked a police investigation.

On Monday, police in Aviemore received reports of overnight thefts from vehicles parked in Boat of Garten and Carrbridge.

These included incidents in Church Drive and Strathspey Park in Boat, and Ellenwood Road in Carrbridge.

"Entry was forced on two of the incidents, with power tools targeted such as drills, impact drivers, chainsaws and leaf blowers," said a police spokesman.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident reference NM/424/20, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers have also urged the public to take steps to help reduce the chances that they might become victims of such thefts.

A spokesman said: "There are many things you can do to prevent from your car from being stolen or broken into.

"Permanently mark any valuables you use in the vehicle, such as a Satellite Navigation System (Sat Nav), with your postcode and house number/name. You can register all of your equipment at www.immobilise.com.

"Fit a car alarm, and use locking wheel nuts to prevent the theft of your wheels.

"Never leave your car unattended to defrost windows with the keys in the ignition.

"Many car thieves actively target this – even first thing in the morning when darkness can provide cover.

"Any insurance claim could be adversely affected as it may be considered driver negligence. It’s also an offence to leave a car unattended on a road with the engine running."

For more advice visit the dedicated page on Police Scotland's website.

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