Break-ins spark plea to lock up

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Fam­i­lies have been warned to lock up af­ter dark fol­low­ing a spate of break-ins.

Po­lice say thieves are tar­get­ing homes and busi­nesses and smash­ing or sneak­ing in­side dur­ing in night­time raids.

Crooks have even used fish­ing rods to snag keys ly­ing near the door.

Of­fi­cers are prob­ing thefts from homes in Bish­op­ton, which could be linked.

CCTV cap­tured a man dressed in dark cloth­ing prowl­ing in the grounds of one home in Mosshall Drive around 3am on Mon­day.

He is seen try­ing the han­dle of the front door, be­fore run­ning off.

A se­cu­rity alarm was tripped at another house just yards away half an hour later.

Cops say a kitchen win­dow was pushed open and trig­gered a warn­ing.

And a lap­top was stolen from another prop­erty be­tween Fri­day and Satur­day.

A thief man­aged to take the com­puter and creep­ing into the home in Ford­bank Drive, John­stone.

Po­lice Scot­land sergeant Alan Mack urged vig­i­lance as longer nights draw in.

He said: “We would en­cour­age ev­ery­body to lock their win­dows and doors at night and when they leave home.

“If any­body saw any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously in or around Mosshall Drive over the week­end, they should get in touch.”

Those with in­for­ma­tion can call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

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