Police send out warning about opportunist thefts

COMMUNITY beat officer Keith Murray has warned townsfolk to be extra vigilant following a rise in ‘slip-in burglaries’.

His caution came during the police report at Tuesday night’s community council meeting, at which it was heard that officers had dealt with a number of attempted break-ins in the Wellogate area and at various business premises.

PC Murray stated: “Extra vigilance is required due to an increase in slip-in burgularies, with individuals trying people’s doors to see if they are locked.”

It was reported that a total of 90 crimes were recorded in Hawick throughout August, of which 53 were detected.

PC Murray revealed that 28 of these crimes were acts of vandalism which currently remained high, but he also reported that the amount of crimes of dishonesty was low.