Farmers and local businesses are being warned to be on their guard and keep watch for suspicious activity following a spate of vehicle thefts in the Borders.
Such thefts aren’t uncommon in rural areas and the alarm has been raised in this instance by Jim Hume MSP who urged people not to hesitate in raising any concerns with the police.
He commented: “There’s evidence to suggest that farms are being watched by thieves in advance of a theft so I’d encourage farmers, rural workers and residents to report anything at all they consider suspicious to the police.”
Police Scotland confirmed that there had been two rural vehicle thefts in the Borders in recent weeks.
The first incident saw a blue Landrover Defender reported stolen from Bonjedward Mill Farm in Jedburgh in the early hours of Tuesday, May 28.
A splice spokesperson said: “The vehicle may have sped off northbound on the A68.
“Investigations are continuing but anyone who might have information about the vehicle’s whereabouts is asked to contact the police.
The second theft saw a blue horsebox stolen from a driveway outside Clifton House, Ancrum in the early hours of Tuesday, June 4. The horsebox features a gold transfer of horses. Anyone who sees such a vehicle is asked to contact police immediately.
The police spokesperson added: “There has been a spate of vehicle thefts from farms in the Borders area of late and we would like to remind members of the public to secure their vehicles, outhouses and sheds in an attempt to deter potential thefts.
“We would urge anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious either late at night or during the early hours of the morning to contact the police.”