A Donside football star has spoken up in a bid to encourage members of the public to be vigilant against opportunistic car thieves.
Gavin Rae, Scottish Championship side Dundee’s skipper, lives in Westhill and had his Volkswagen Tiguan stolen on November 25.
He said: “Being the victim of this sort of crime is not only a hassle and inconvenient, but it is the invasion into your home that has the biggest impact.”
The theft took place late in the evening only a few minutes after he returned from working as a television pundit at the Arbroath versus Rangers match.
The culprits, who police believe were joyriders, opened the front door of Gavin’s family home, stole the keys of his top of the range German 4X4 and drove off while he was inside with his family.
The midfielder said: “It does not have to be the middle of the night for these things to happen and I would urge people to be vigilant in securing their homes and property as you never know when this kind of thing can happen.”
An 18-year-old has now been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to the theft.
The owner of an Aston Martin that was also stolen in late November, but who did not wish to be named, also highlighted the importance of taking simple security measures.
He said: “It doesn’t matter where you stay; you have to be vigilant with your security.”
PC Kevin McGhee, from the Aberdeenshire and Moray Community Investigation Unit, said: “We have dedicated resources across the region to tackle vehicle crime.
‘‘However, we are urging members of the public to help us by taking some security measures which will considerably reduce the risk of them becoming a victim of opportunistic thieves.”