Message from Police

House break-ins – Request for information

Over the past three months Police Scotland has recorded a number of break-ins to private houses in the East Lothian and Scottish Borders area, in particular in Berwickshire and also around Garvald and Stenton.

The houses typically targeted by the thieves are in quiet rural locations and the break-ins are taking place during the hours of daylight normally between 9am and 5pm on a weekday when the occupants are out at work. However, we can’t discount thieves also visiting these villages during the hours of darkness to commit these crimes.

Police Scotland are seeking your help asking our communities to please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101.

It is hard to define what is suspicious but often people will know when something is not quite right. It may be a vehicle parked in an unusual location or someone who doesn’t quite seem to fit or is not local, or someone seen walking or running in an area you would not expect them to be.

If you see anything that you think may help us in catching those responsible then we would encourage you to report your suspicions to the Police on 101.

Information Required:

Please note down the time, date and location you observed the vehicle/person(s), the make, model or car registration and a brief description of the person.

Don’t worry, you won’t be wasting our time. Your call may be the one that makes the difference. If in doubt call 101. If you require more information about crime prevention, please contact your local community beat officer, Ian Mackay (Community Inspector, Haddington/Dunbar/North Berwick).