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Police in Angus issue a warning over rural thieves

Farm machinery
Image caption Police say thieves have been targeting batteries, plant machinery, fuel and metal

Police in Angus have asked rural householders to be wary of suspicious activity after an increase in the number of thefts being reported.

Officers said there had been an increasing amount of thefts in the county since the beginning of April.

They said thieves had been particularly targeting batteries, plant machinery, fuel and metal.

Property owners are being advised to consider installing security measures such CCTV systems or alarms.

Police said a number of incidents were reported in Shielhill, Auchterhouse, Fowlis and Rossie.

Battery thefts

They added they are currently investigating the theft of 200 litres of heating fuel from a tank at a farmhouse in Forfar sometime between 23:00 and 23.45 on Tuesday, 16 April.

Officers are also looking into the disappearance of three batteries from plant machinery at Balkello Wood car park in Auchterhouse.

The batteries were taken sometime between 13:00 on Wednesday, 17 April and 08:15 on Thursday, 18 April.

The thieves also siphoned fuel from a dumper truck.

Police advised householders not to leave items out for opportunistic thieves.

A spokeswoman said: "If it is convenient for you to reach it will be convenient for a thief too."

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