Facebook alerts on break-ins but few are telling the police
Fe rn h i l l residents who have suffered an attempted break-in or seen people acting suspiciously are being urged to contact police.
In the past six weeks community Facebook page ‘ Fernhill’ has been rife with reports of men attempting to gain entry to houses either by force, or searching for unlocked doors.
But police records show few of the incidents have been formally reported.
On Facebook, one woman said her home had been targeted in mid March, while a second man said his dog’s barking alerted him to an intruder in his garden on March 30.
On April 4, a third person reported seeing a man in a hooded top fleeing from Ryan Way.
And two days later, there were reports some common closes had been marked with white chalk.
This is an act which is sometimes used by thieves to highlight a particular property to target.
In a fifth incident on April 10, a woman in Colvend Avenue returned home to find the handle on her front door had been broken by thieves attempting to gain entry.
Resident Davy O’Neil, who took to social media to encourage residents to contact the police, said there had been a similar spate of break-ins in Fernhill 18 months ago.
He said: “Over the past year there have been a whole lot of break-ins. I got CCTV put in and quite a few people have it in Fernhill now.
“My daughter has two small kids and they keep the light on down stairs at night as a deterrent.
“There is a lot of fear in the community.”
Mr O’Neil said he believed thieves were coming from outwith the area and targeting Fernhill, arguing it appeared to be more like organised crime than local youths.
PC Laura Taylor, of the safer communities team, said while it was good neighbours were notifying each other of suspicious activity, it was imperative all incidents are reported to the police.
Explaining there had been an increase in house break-ins across Rutherglen and Cambuslang, PC Taylor said: “Lanarkshire Police want to take this opportunity to provide reassurance to the public that response and community policing officers are carrying out pro-active, high-visibility patrols in your area, particularly during the hours of darkness.
“We do not tolerate house break- ins or theft of property and our community investigation units and CID officers are working closely to bring those committing such crimes to justice.
“We would also appeal to residents to report any persons acting suspiciously or any suspicious vehicles.
“Always contact 999 in an emergency and 101 for nonemergencies.”
Vigilant PC Laura Taylor has urged people to keep windows and doors locked at all times