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Spate of Highland thefts prompts security warning from police

Police have been investigating a spate of thefts across the north

Police have issued a warning to householders to secure their properties after a spate of thefts and break-ins across the north. A number of incidents were reported in the Inverness, Kirkhill and North Kessock areas in the last weekend alone. Officers have also dealt with a growing number of possible crimes of dishonesty in the last few weeks across the Highlands.

Incidents have included break-ins and attempted break-ins to houses as well as thefts of equipment from within vehicles. Senior police figures have now issued a warning and advice to people to make sure they are on the front foot to help prevent them becoming a victim of crime. Chief Inspector Ian Graham, area commander for Inverness, said steps that could be taken are as simple as making sure all windows and doors are securely locked.

He said: Across the Highlands we are fortunate in having a relatively low reported rate of vehicle thefts and associated crimes; however, this does not leave room for complacency for police or drivers.

Unfortunately there s been a number of reports of break-ins to vehicles and homes across the area recently so it is important communities remain vigilant to suspicious activity and take steps to secure their vehicles and belongings.

Often vehicles are left unlocked, handing the ideal opportunity to a would-be thief.

In addition to thoroughly investigating all crimes reported, we are committed to keeping communities safe by advising how best we can all secure our vehicles and property, reducing the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

If you discover that your car has been broken into our advice would be to contact the police to report it straight away before you touch or drive the vehicle.

This will increase the chances of recovering forensic evidence from the vehicle itself. Ch Insp Graham said thefts from houses and vehicles are often linked to serious crimes such as the trade of illegal drugs. He added: Community intelligence is vital to our inquiries so we are thankful for ongoing assistance from the public in reporting potentially suspicious activity.

It s important not to present as an easy target by considering improvements to security around your home and outbuildings and letting police know about any suspicious persons or vehicles, regardless of how insignificant you think it may be .

Any information provided by the public is greatly appreciated and may lead to the final piece of a jigsaw that allows for a successful prosecution.

Malls Across US Beef Up Security After Brawls

Shopping malls across the nation were taking additional security precautions Tuesday following a string of disturbances the day after Christmas that resulted in minor injuries, evacuations and scores of arrests.

Police were beefing up patrols and mall security guards were out in force after melees involving mostly young people erupted around malls in Elizabeth, N.J., Fayetteville, N.C., East Garden City, N.Y., Aurora, Colo., and…

New York Intensifies Security Measures After Paris Attacks

By Devlin Barrett Updated Nov .

13, 2015 7:13 p.m . ET

Authorities in New York intensified security measures around the city Friday night in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris1, beefing up the police presence at sensitive sites.

Officials emphasized that this was a precautionary measure and wasn t based on any intelligence connecting the violence in France to activities in the U.S.

An NYPD spokesman said teams of counterterrorism officers were dispatched to crowded areas around the city out of an abundance of caution to provide police presence, and public reassurance as we follow the developing situation overseas.

They also deployed extra security to French government locations in the city, officials said . NYPD detectives in France are also coordinating with police responding to the attacks, they said, though they added there is no known connection between the Paris violence and New York.

Federal officials said there is no specific or credible threat to the U.S., but would continue to monitor the events in Paris and may decide to bolster security in the U.S .

as more details emerge.

The early reports of the Paris violence suggested a degree of sophistication and coordination not seen before, not even in January s terrorist attack in Paris carried out by supporters of Islamic State militants.

A number of U.S . counterterrorism officials expressed concern that the night s violence might mean the operational capability and threat posed by would-be terrorists is expanding, based on the seemingly coordinated nature of the attacks, the likelihood that a number of suspects would be required to carry out such a mass-casualty event, and the apparent use of explosives.

It is unclear which group or groups might be behind the violence . The U.S .

and Europe have struggled in recent years to keep track of all the people who have traveled to Syria to fight alongside radical groups, and those who have gone to fight and come back.

In that regard, France and the rest of Europe faces a mathematically greater challenge: thousands of Europeans have gone to Syria to join the civil war there, and many of them have returned to their home countries, where they are viewed as serious security risks.

By contrast, only about 300 Americans have traveled or sought to travel to Syria, and most of those were prevented by authorities from making the trip.

Write to Devlin Barrett at devlin.barrett@wsj.com2

References

  1. ^ terrorist attacks in Paris (www.wsj.com)
  2. ^ devlin.barrett@wsj.com (www.wsj.com)