Housebreaking arrests

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

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Pro-active inquiries into a number of housebreakings and thefts throughout the Lothians and Scottish Borders were carried out on Wednesday in a joint initiative by police in Midlothian’s Community Investigation Unit, the funded Midlothian Community Action Team and other uniformed officers.

This activity, undertaken as part of Operation Bistra, resulted in four men being traced, arrested and charged, with a further six to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to 20 offences.

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Area Commander for Midlothian, said: “This is a fantastic result which shows offenders and the community alike that crimes of this nature will not be tolerated.

“Information from the communities played a significant part in these arrests and I would urge residents to please continue this.

“Housebreakings can have a devastating impact on victims and I can reassure communities throughout the Lothians and Scottish Borders that housebreaking is a priority for us and we will continue to provide dedicated resources to assist officers to swiftly trace those responsible.

“I would urge members of the community to ensure that homes and businesses are always appropriately secured and that high value items are hidden from view.”

Further crime prevention advice is available by visiting the Police Scotland website at the following address:

http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-home