The Borders Railway line now has a dedicated British Transport Police (BTP) team in place to help keep the 30 mile track free from crime.
Although officers have been on site since the start of the project, a full team of seven constables, an inspector and a sergeant were unveiled last week.
Based in Newtongrange, they will work with Network Rail and the main contractor, BAM Nuttall, to keep the new railway trouble-free.
Network Rail spokesman Craig Bowman hopes the new team will prevent metal thefts.
He said: “It is normally orgsanised groups that carry out that kind of theft.
“We take precautions to try and prevent it. We don’t have any metal stored on-site and any metal we use will be delivered as late as possible.
“We look forward to the assistance of the BTP to gather any intelligence that may help prevent any future issues.”
Read more on this in the July 25 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.