Chilling plea to beware of thieves during warm weather

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MAKE sure you keep doors and windows secure despite the warm weather – that’s the plea following a spate of break-ins.

Concerns have been raised over the number of ‘sneak-in’ thefts in the Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch areas.

Last week the Herald reported that two teenagers had been spotted trying door handles in John Marshall Drive, in Bishopbriggs.

A reader also contacted us to say two people were seen acting suspiciously in Solway Road, in Bishopbriggs.

It was later confirmed they had been seen trying to gain access to a number of cars.

Police say many of the incidents have been ‘sneak-in’ thefts, where residents have left doors open while they are at home.

The intruders sneak in, steal what they can, and quickly flee. Police want residents to ensure their properties are secured at all times.

Constable Siobhan McCandlish said: “We would advise householders to check the security of their homes.

“Make sure all 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 may possess forensic evidence.”

She added: “If you see anyone entering or leaving the garden or driveway of your house, or your neighbours’, and you believe they are suspicious, call the police immediately.

“Things that have been stolen are generally small items that can be easily carried. For example, cash, bank cards, jewellery and electronic goods.

“It is also important to be mindful that should a sneak-in theft occur which results in your car or other property being stolen, you may not be covered by your insurance if your property was insecure.”

If you would like crime prevention advice contact PC McCandlish on 0141 532 4464.

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