Appeal following thefts from Penicuik vans

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a series of thefts from vehicles in Penicuik.

The incidents all happened between 12.15am and 12.40am on Wednesday, November 4 outside addresses in Lynne Terrace and Eskvale Crescent.

Three vans were broken into and a number of items were stolen.

Officers are conducting local enquiries to trace those responsible and anyone who can assist with this investigation is asked to come forward.

In particular, police wish to trace a group of around four or five males who were seen within the area at the time of these crimes.

These individuals were wearing hooded tops and were within a small white car or van.

Sergeant Michele Lindsay said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who has information in relation to these thefts and I would ask that if you remember seeing any suspicious activity around Lynne Terrace or Eskvale Crescent then please contact police immediately.

“The public have a vital role to play in helping us reduce vehicle crime by taking a few simple security measures.

“When parking your vehicle, avoid isolated or remote areas and remove high value items from sight. If you have a SAT Nav or other electrical devices then take them with you when leaving, along with any personal correspondence. Ensure doors are locked, alarms are set and vehicles are parked in well-lit and if possible CCTV covered areas.

“More advice on crime prevention is available on our website at www.scotland.police.uk.”

Those with relevant information are asked to call police on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.