Po­lice step up pa­trols af­ter spate of raids

House­hold­ers are warned

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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