LOCAL residents are being urged to be extra vigilant with security measures over the festive season.
Following a string of thefts from homes, sheds and vehicles, Strathclyde Police is encouraging residents to take precautions.
Chief Inspector Glen Bland, based at Wishaw police office, said: “Unfortunately during the last year we have dealt with a number of thefts.
“It is our intention to increase patrols in the run up to Christmas in an effort to deter those responsible for these thefts and we have run under cover operations to catch those responsible.
“I would invite you to help us bring the people responsible to justice, we want to target them and make sure they cannot continue to profit from a life of crime.
“You can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and tell them anything, knowing that they have never and will never reveal the identity of a caller.
“By arresting the people responsible and putting them before a court, together we can do our part in reducing the risk of others becoming victims of crime.
“This relies on you taking an active role in your security and playing your part in the community.”
Residents are reminded to take simple security steps such as locking doors and windows, fitting and using an alarm, not keeping cash in the house and never leaving Christmas gifts or valuables in sight.