Disappointment at Midlothian break-in statistics

While the number of domestic breakings has risen, police are reporting more break-ins are being solved

While the number of domestic breakings has risen, police are reporting more break-ins are being solved

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Domestic housebreakings have risen by almost 95 per cent in the last year, providng local police with a constant challenge.

Figures for April to June, presented to the Midlothian Safer Communities Board, revealed there were 35 break-ins during the three month period - compared with 18 for the same period in 2014.

Local commander Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson told the Advertiser the figures were slighlty skewed as the 2014 figures were “particularly good”. The 2013 figures were more comparable.

“We are obviously disappointed with this rise. However, we have improved the detection rate significantly.”

Statistics show that 48 per cent of house break-ins were solved between April and June. This compared with 27 per cent in 2014.

In total all break-ins - domestic and on-domestic - are down by 26 per cent in Midlothian.

Ch Insp Simpson added: “We want to prevent the crimes. For every crime committed there is a victim.”

Police Scotland has implemented Operation RAC to tackle domestic house breakings and Operation Bistra to focus on non-domestic properties. There are two separate teams of officers tasked with solving and preventing house breakings.

Ch Insp Simpson said there had been a “marked increased” in break-ins involving taking car keys and stealing high value vehicles from driveways.

“We are actively encouraging householders not to leave car keys in hallways or clearly visible and to think very carefully about where you keep your car keys within the house.

“We do know the cars are being used in the commission of other crime and some of them are being used for the purposes of joy riding.”