MORE than 20 cars and around 40 sheds in a Lothians town have been broken into in the past two months prompting police to issue a general security warning.
Between August 22 and October 29 around 40 sheds in various areas of Musselburgh, East Lothian, were broken into, and electrical items, gardening equipment and bicycles stolen.
In addition, over 20 vehicles were broken into during this time, including 4 work vans, and quantities of tools, clothing stock and food were taken.
A further four cars, three motorcycles and five bikes were also stolen from outside addresses within the town and officers are now urging the public to protect their properties and possessions against would-be thieves.
Inspector Andy Harborow said: “Officers continue to carry out local enquiries to identify those responsible for these recent offences and anyone who can assist with our investigations is asked to come forward.
“Similarly, anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity in or around a property, or who believes they are being offered stolen property for sale is also asked to contact police immediately.
“Our communities are reminded to take simple security precautions to safeguard their homes and deter criminal activity.
“All sheds and outbuildings should be locked and secured when not in use and where possible, alarms and motion-triggered lighting should be considered.
“When leaving your car, van, bicycle or motorbike unattended, do so in a well-lit area and ensure the vehicle is locked with all items of value removed or stored safely out of sight
“Anyone wishing more advice on crime prevention can contact their local policing team.”
Those with information on these crimes can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.