Police step up patrols after spate of raids
Householders are warned
Communities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang have been rocked by a spate of break-ins over the
past few days.
One house in the Cathkin area of Rutherglen was ransacked at the weekend. And residents in the quiet Gateside Estate in Cambuslang reported at least three incidents of car or shed break- ins to police in just five days, with many other people taking to social media to express their disgust and describe similar incidents. Police have now increased patrols across the area. The Cathkin incident happened between 1pm and 9pm on Saturday, October 8.
Thugs removed glass from the door of a house in Braemar Road to gain entry and made off with a number of items including jewellery and alcohol.
The Gateside Estate incidents all took place between October 5 and Monday, October 10. The first on MacArthur Wynd was overnight between October 5 and 6 when a number of items were taken from a Mercedes car.
The second was on Saturday 8 into Sunday 9 on Macfarlane Crescent when both a car and shed were targeted but nothing was taken.
However, the most recent saw thousands of pounds worth of tools taken from a van on MacArthur Wynd
sometime between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.
Residents had reported an increased police presence in the area last week, but it is understood that is not connected to the incidents.
One resident, who did not wish to be identified, said attempts had also been made to get into houses
She added: “It is very frightening. We need to catch whoever it is. We should all be able to go to our beds at night feeling safe and for a lot of people that isn’t the case.
“There are never usually any problems up here, it was a quiet, friendly estate until recently.
“I keep all windows and doors locked now during the day, I can’t risk it, especially having a wee one in the house.
“The police have been out the past week for several hours at a time which is good, but I think this is all happening during the night.”
Another resident, Jamie Anderson, 34, said: “Everyone works hard for a living and to buy nice things and then these scumbags come round and ruin it.
“The guy with the van will have had his livelihood taken. I doubt he would have been able to work.
“We’ve been here nearly three years and this is the first time there has been a whiff of anything.
“I also can’t believe it has happened now, with all the police we’ve had here.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie of Rutherglen Police appealed for witnesses and urged residents to be cautious.
He said: “We are aware there has been a number of break ins to vehicles and houses and we do have additional patrols, both in uniform and plain clothes.
“We would remind people to be mindful of their own security and we are happy to offer advice.”
Anyone with information can call101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Target Residents of MacArthur Wynd in the Gateside Estate are concerned about crime
Vigilant Inspector Jim Gillespie of Rutherglen Police has warned residents to be on their guard
Robbery A house on Braemar Road was ransacked on Saturday