Police advise caution over spate of opportunist thefts

At last week’s Pencaitland Community Council meeting the issue of a spate of break-ins & thefts in the area was raised with attending Police reps.

At last week’s Community Council meeting the issue of break-ins was raised with attending Police reps.

A number of bikes have been taken from properties around Fa'side. There have also been break-ins with valuables stolen.
A number of bikes have been taken from properties around Fa’side. There have also been break-ins with valuables stolen.
The Community Council understands that there has been a spate of opportunistic break-ins across the ward. From what can be gathered it is believed that these recent crimes can be attributed to an individual known to the Police.

Fortunately, it is important to emphasise that crime of any kind is almost a non-issue in this part of East Lothian.

The modus operandi of this current perpetrator is to take advantage of unlocked car or home doors, taking anything of value.

More recently a number of people have reported their bikes being stolen and we have fresh accounts of people discovering that valuables or cash have been taken from their homes whilst they slept. According to Police the person behind this activity takes full advantage of the fact that many houses are simply left unlocked.

The advice is simple. Do lock garages, car doors and most importantly your home’s doors and windows at all times.

If you have recently lost anything valuable please report this to the local Police. You can email the Fa’side community police here.


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Pencaitland Community Council exists to represent the views of local residents about local issues that matter to them. This involves close liaison with other groups in the community and helps to develop a more coherent and dynamic village environment.

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  1. UPDATE: We understand that the person believed to be behind the spate of recent break-ins was taken into custody and is now in remand as of last Friday. The Police are keen to remind everyone that they should always lock doors, garages and cars and don’t leave things you value in places that are insecure. Don’t make it easy.

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