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Inverness care home forced to install new security measures after 'despicable' break-in

By Ian Duncan

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The Isobel Fraser Care Home was one of three homes in Inverness broken into recently.
The Isobel Fraser Care Home was one of three homes in Inverness broken into recently.

Bosses at an Inverness care home targeted by burglars have had to introduce costly security measures to safeguard residents.

Thieves broke into the Isobel Fraser Care Home, in Mayfield Road, through a window and stole cash and items belonging to the residents in March.

It was one of three care homes which were broken into overnight and last week police confirmed that officers were investigating whether the crimes were linked to three similar burglaries which took place in the Inverness area last week.

David Henderson, chairman of the trustees of the Isobel Fraser Care Home, said: “I am appalled to hear that there have been three further break-in robberies at Inverness care homes.

“These are despicable crimes carried out by cruel people without conscience, and I sympathise deeply with the homes and their vulnerable residents who have been victimised in this way.

“The police have been very attentive and their inquiries are continuing on our case. I’m sure they will extend that to these current cases and look for possible links.

“It’s difficult to know whether or why care homes might be considered to be soft targets. Perhaps it’s because they know that staff are always fully occupied attending to their residents, even during the night, and especially during the extra pressures brought by Covid-19.

“Following the incident at Isobel Fraser Care Home, we have sought advice from security experts and are in the process of introducing a new package of measures, at considerable cost, which will greatly strengthen our security. Let’s hope the police catch these heartless criminals and bring them soon to the strict justice they deserve.”

Last week police issued an appeal after Cameron House in Culduthel Road, Kinmylies Lodge Care Home in Kinmylies Way, and Highview House Care Home in Scorguie Avenue were all broken into between last Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Nothing was stolen from the premises in Scorguie Avenue but a sum of cash worth around £700 in total was stolen from the other two businesses.

It is believed that the three recent incidents are linked and police have confirmed that a grey Audi S5 car was seen in each area overnight.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 0040 of June 3, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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