Police patrols have been ramped up in parts of north-east Edinburgh tonight after reports of several housebreakings in the past few days.
A Tweet posted by Edinburgh Police North East said officers have been responding to incidents in Northfield and Mountcastle.
Reports have also been made of a man posing as a workman in these areas.
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A security advice notice posted with the Tweet said the housebreakings have generally been happening between 11am and 6pm, with some of the victims being elderly.
The notice said: "If you see anyone acting suspiciously near to your premises please contact the police immediately with as detailed a description as possible of any person or vehicle involved.
"Please call 999 if an emergency and urgent police assistance is required or 101 to report the matter to police."
A number of tips have also been provided:
- Keep common stair doors secured at all times
- Do not allow callers you don't know into your home address or common stair.
- Ensure ground floor windows are closed and locked when you're out.
- If you are out while dark, consider fitting light timers or leaving a light on.
- Fit and use outside security lights.
- Mark all electrical equipment with an ultraviolet marker pen or register at www.immobiilse.com
- Front of house hedges or trees should be trimmed or cropped so as not to provide cover for thieves.
- Lock away or remove from view any laptops or mobile phones, as these are prime targets for thieves. Add tracking software to such devices.
- Consider investing in a safe strong box - secured to the fabric of the building - for locking away cash and valuables.
- Consider installing an intruder alarm system.
For further advice visit www.scotland.police.uk