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Police Scotland to step up Inverness patrols after spate of break-ins in which cash and high-value jewellery were stolen; dash-cam footage being sought by officers after burglaries in Culduthel, Lochardil and Inshes

By Philip Murray

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Police Scotland news.
Police Scotland news.

POLICE patrols are to be stepped up in Inverness after a spate of house break-ins in which cash and high-value jewellery were stolen.

There were four separate break-ins in the Culduthel, Lochardil and Inshes area of the city on Monday and Tuesday.

As well as stepping up uniform and plain clothes patrols in a bid to "reassure the public", police have also urged anyone with dash-cam footage of those areas to check their videos and get in touch.

Detective Sergeant Christopher Macleod, of Inverness CID, said: "Police Scotland are actively investigating a number of housebreakings where cash and high value items of jewellery have been removed. We are determined to catch those responsible and wish to reassure the public that uniform and plain clothes patrols have been stepped up in these areas of the city.

“We would ask that anyone driving in these areas with dash-cam footage in their vehicles get in touch, as they may have picked up something of note.

“We would always urge anyone with high value jewellery and large amounts of cash, not to keep them in the house and take relevant security measures. If you have to store it in your house, store it securely and out of sight, such as an anchored safe.

"Anyone with high value items should take photos of them as this can assist police to identify the pieces, should they be recovered.

“We would also advise people to be wary of cold callers and ensure you verify that they are legitimate tradesmen. If you are suspicious in any way at all, do not let them into your home and report the matter to the police.

“I would ask the public to be extra vigilant and contact police if they see anyone acting suspiciously in the local community."

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact the CID at Burnett Road Police Station, Inverness, through 101 – quoting incident 2972 of February 3.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.

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