Police warn residents to lock doors

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Police are warning people to lock up before bed after a spate of reports of door handles ‘going wild’ in the night.

Officers were called to a property in McKelvie Road, Oban, before midnight on Monday.

The woman at the address was in bed when she heard ‘the handle on the front door going wild, someone moving it up and down trying to get in’, she said.

Police were at the scene within minutes but there was no one about, said Sergeant Iain MacNicol.

There are reports on Information Oban’s Facebook page of similar incidents happening at five other properties in the area behind the hospital close to McKelvie Road, one of them in Cowan Place.

Sergeant MacNicol said police were aware and added: ‘People do go on the rake, looking for opportunities so people need to lock their doors at night and when they are in during the daytime. The message is don’t make it easy for criminals.’

CID officers are investigating a break in at a flat in Chestnut Court, Taynuilt, at about 4am on Saturday.

CCTV is being viewed and inquiries are ongoing, said Sergeant MacNicol.