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.


Community police officer warns homeowners to be vigilant

Yesterday evening the Community Council met in Trevelyan Hall and received a report of recent crimes of opportunity from local policeman Scott Robertson.

Yesterday evening the Community Council met in Trevelyan Hall and received a report of recent crimes of opportunity from local policeman Scott Robertson.

Homeowners can take simple measures to prevent making a crime of opportunity possible.
Pencaitland is fortunate in having generally enjoyed extremely low crime rates. However, PC Robertson reported that there had been a recent spate of crimes of opportunity taking place, made possible in most instances by home owners not taking some simple precautions.

With recent incidents in mind, PC Robertson is advising people to ensure that they not only lock their front doors but ensure they also lock any rear doors into their homes. This should also extend to garages, sheds and parked cars.


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The current community police officers covering the Fa'side ward are based out of Tranent police station.
The current community police officers covering the Fa’side ward are based out of Tranent police station. Click the image or here for more information on community policing.