POLICE in Dumbarton and the Vale are warning residents to take a few simple precautions to ensure they don't fall victim to crime.
The warning comes after a Renton woman was awoken by an intruder on Thursday who entered her property through an unlocked door.
The man was ran off after being challenged and although nothing was stolen officers are urging home owners to keep their doors locked.
Inspector Ian Millar told the Reporter: "Break-ins to houses and vehicles are fortunately uncommon nowadays however many of those that do occur are preventable. Before retiring to
bed check that your doors and windows are locked and that your vehicle keys are not kept in an obvious place and have been removed from the ignition.
"In the event of a theft failure to do so could have a detrimental effect on your home contents or vehicle insurance. Don't make it easy for the thief.
"We would encourage people who are going on holiday to contact us as we keep a record when they are away and who has keys to the property should anything happen. We would ask residents to be good neighbours and report anything that they think is suspicious to police."
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