Police Scotland is warning homeowners throughout Midlothian and East Lothian to be extra vigilant after two vehicles were stolen from the areas within the last week.
On Saturday March 29, Police received a report of a grey Volkswagen Golf motor vehicle having been stolen from Maitlandfield Avenue, Musselburgh.
On Wednesday April 2, Police received a report of a Silver Vauxhall Meriva motor vehicle having been stolen from a house within Kirkhill Court, Gorebridge.
On both occasions, thieves have entered the residential properties and removed the car keys in order to steal the vehicles. Enquiries are ongoing following these incidents.
Local officers are now asking anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward, particularly if they notice anything suspicious in the area. They are also urging residents to ensure their properties are suitably protected against criminal activity.
Detective Sergeant Gordon Millar from the Community Investigation Unit said: “We want to remind homeowners that it is imperative they make sure that they secure their homes during the hours of darkness and to report any suspicious vehicles or activity to us straight away.
“Theft of vehicles and theft by housebreaking is a crime that significantly impacts on people’s lives and the prompt passing of information greatly assists Police to trace those responsible.”
Anyone with any information on the stolen vehicles can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.