Warning as sneak thieves strike

SNEAK thieves are continuing to rob houses in the Borders – and police have issued a fresh warning for people to be on their guard.

They pounce when they spot unlocked or insecure doors or windows after spotting valuables lying around.

The latest theft happened in the early hours of Monday at Crumhaughhill Road in Hawick.

The suspect climbed through an insecure window at the rear of the house and escaped with a handbag and Blackberry mobile phone.

A police spokesman at division headquarters in Hawick warned: “When residents leave doors unlocked, leave windows ajar, and have purses, handbags or other valuable items on open display, it takes a matter of minutes for an opportunistic thief to enter and steal items of value”.

“We urge people to ensure that their property is properly secured before retiring to bed.

“It only takes a matter of minutes to check that front and rear doors, as well as windows, are locked.”

A number of houses have been hit across the Borders.

But the police spokesman stressed: “We are committed to continually reducing crime throughout the Borders and with the public playing their part, together we can continue to achieve our aim”.

“If anyone wants crime prevention advice, or a crime prevention survey carried out on their property, they should contact their local police station.”

In connection with the Hawick theft, police want to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious between shortly after midnight and 6am.