‘Lock your doors’ warning after rash of slip-in thefts

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POLICE have warned households to be vigilant around their homes and vehicles after a series of slip-in thefts last weekend.

The appeal comes after Kelso, Peebles and Hawick were targeted by thieves.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “We are wishing to remind the public that they should ensure that they properly secure their property as well as their vehicles at all times.

“If doors remain unlocked, windows left ajar, and purses, handbags or other valuable items are left on open display, it only takes seconds to enter an insecure property or smash a window.”

Last Friday afternoon, a man entered a home in the Kingsmeadow area of Peebles and stole £30-worth of jewellery.

The man was disturbed by the occupier, and escaped through the front door before heading in the direction of Priorsford Primary School.

He was described as being of stocky build, with dark cropped hair, wearing grey sweat pants, grey T-shirt, black fingerless gloves, and with a distinct limp on his right hand side.

At 3.30am on Monday, two white men were seen attempting to open parked cars in the Wallaceneuk area of Kelso, while at 7pm the same day a resident in Hawick’s Wellogate area disturbed a man in his living room.

The stranger was described as being in his mid-20s, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in, short light brown hair, slim build, wearing a light coloured T-shirt, light tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. He escaped through the livingroom window with about £80 in cash.

The spokesman added: “If anyone has any information which could assist police with their enquiries, they are asked to contact their local police station as soon as possible.”