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Thefts from parked cars at Inverness nature spots spark appeal by Police Scotland officers; Highland motorists also urged to take steps to minimise the risk they may be targeted

By Philip Murray

Parked cars were targeted in Culloden Wood (pictured) and Torbreck Woods.
Parked cars were targeted in Culloden Wood (pictured) and Torbreck Woods.

A SPATE of thefts from parked cars at Inverness nature spots has sparked a police appeal.

Thieves targeted parked vehicles at Culloden Woods and Torbreck Woods on three separate occasions at the weekend.

Windows were smashed "and items within stolen", police said.

The incidents occurred between Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone with information should call Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference NN1421/20 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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