THIEVES breaking into homes in Kirkintilloch have been slammed by a disgusted councillor.
Stats from Strathclyde Police show break-ins in the Hillhead, Merkland and Twechar areas from April to September have already reached 24 — more than twice the volume recorded over the same period last year.
The total number of recorded housebreakings for 2011/12 was 23, meaning the last six months has witnessed more break-ins than the whole of last year.
Jack Young, East Dunbartonshire Independent Alliance councillor for Kirkintilloch East and Twechar, launched a scathing attack on the ‘despicable’ culprits responsible for the recent increase in burglaries.
He said: “Breaking into someone’s home is surely one of the lowest forms of crime. The kind of person who does this is despicable.
“The people in this area work hard for what they have and for someone to break-in and take it away from them is nothing short of disgusting.
“One of the worst things about crimes like these is that they bring a greater fear of crime, and no-one should feel threatened by robbery in their own home.
“The police know who they are looking for, they know the types of people responsible and I’m confident we will see some kind of resolution soon.”
The spate of burglaries in Kirkintilloch East comes as the rest of the town enjoys a notable reduction in similar crimes.
Both the wards of Campsie and Kirkintilloch North and Lenzie and Kirkintilloch South have recorded significantly less housebreakings.
PC Siobhan McCandlish, community safety officer based in Kirkintilloch Police Office, said: “We would like to reassure the public that there have been no changes to policing within the area and we are carrying out extra patrols.
“We advise householders to check the security of their homes by making sure all windows and doors are locked prior to going out or going to bed and by locking valuables - such as cash, bank cards, jewellery and electrical goods - away and out of sight.
“If you do discover a break-in, an attempted break-in, or anyone acting suspiciously, please call the police immediately and try not to touch anything that may contain forensic evidence.”
Anyone with information about a crime can contact Kirkintilloch Police Office on 0141 532 4400 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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