Be on your guard – Kirky pensioner latest to be hit by thieves

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POLICE are urging homeowners to beware after a bout of break-ins across East Dunbartonshire.

There has been a spate of burglaries across the district in recent weeks.

The latest victim was a Kirkintilloch pensioner, whose home was broken into at 4am on Monday, March 5.

The man awoke to find a door had been forced open at his property in St Columba Drive, and his television and cash had been stolen.

Constable Siobhan McCandlish said that extra police patrols were being used to deal with the problem - resulting in a recent arrest.

According to the police burglars are gaining entry via insecure doors and windows, or they are forcing them open, especially at the rear of the properties.

Constable McCandlish continued: “Police advise all householders to check the security of their homes.

“Make sure windows and doors are locked prior to going out or going to bed, and lock valuables away and out of sight.

“If you do discover a break-in to your home, or an attempted break-in, please report this to the police immediately and try not to touch anything that could provide forensic evidence.”

She also urged residents to report anybody acting suspiciously to police immediately.

For more crime prevention advice contact PC McCandlish on 0141 532 4464.

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