Robust security fencing can deter criminal activity, police in Scotland have said.

Tayside Police have issued a security alert to residents in rural areas following a recent spate of fuel thefts.

Approximately 900 litres of oil, worth £600, was siphoned from a tank at a cottage near Brechin, in December, and there was also an attempted theft of kerosene from a farm cottage close to Arbroath earlier this month.

Police are investigating the two incidents and are urging householders to step-up their security measures.

"Good quality robust fencing... can discourage criminal activity and the use of thorny shrubbery such as berberis or hawthorn can also reduce accessibility effectively for any unwelcome visitors," Claire Taylor, the force's crime prevention officer, said.

Recently, police in Reading advised business owners to review the condition of their security fencing after the theft of catalytic converters from Mercedes-Benz vans in the city.

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