Face­book alerts on break-ins but few are telling the po­lice

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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