Police in East Lothian have issued a home security warning following a series of housebreakings and attempted housebreaking in recent days.
Eight properties in East Lothian were targeted over a five day period, the thieves taking various items including jewellery, cash and vehicles.
Local officers have been conducting various lines of inquiry into all of these offences and so far a 22-year-old man has been charged and a further two further men aged 18 and 23 and a 16-year-old woman have also been charged
Anyone with information relating to the recent housebreakings is asked to come forward and police are urging communities to ensure they have appropriate security measures in place around their homes.
Inspector Andrew Harborow said: “We believe that groups of criminals are travelling around East Lothian to commit these crimes and so I would ask local residents to be vigilant for suspicious people and vehicles and report any concerns to police immediately.
“Preventing acquisitive crime such as housebreaking remains a priority for police in East Lothian and the public have a vital role to play.”
Householders are advised to ensure windows and doors are locked in the evening or when leaving your home unattended, keep valuables out of sight and use alarms and motion-sensitive lighting.