Tools worth £10,000 have been stolen in Dumfries and Galloway. Police have issued warnings to secure items.
Crime has nearly halved in an area of Galashiels since the start of a community programme 2 years ago.
Sexual offences have increased by 52% in Dumfries and Galloway, but overall crime has fallen.
Cumbria's Police Commissioner Richard Rhodes launches an update to his 'Police and crime Plan' today.
His original plan to reduce crime in the county was launched a year ago and will be updated every 12 months.
The campaign follows the Police and Crime Commissioner's conference on Friday December 6, which outlined commitments to tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence.
– DCI Nick Coughlan, Cumbria Constabulary
It is crucial that we uncover any exploitation as quickly as possible and protect children in Cumbria"
Cumbria Police have launched a campaign aimed at stopping criminals travelling to the county in the run up to Christmas.
Operation Atoll will see increased patrols to stop and search suspect vehicles.
In particular officers will be focusing on ATM crime, freight crime, cash in transit crime and commercial burglaries.
Detective Inspector Neil Cooper said:
“Cumbria is a very low crime area however our excellent transport links – particularly the M6 – make it vulnerable to travelling criminals.
“These criminals tend to focus on high value crimes, usually around commercial businesses. These crimes can see an increase at this time of year with the darker nights closing in.
“Our aim is to make it as difficult as possible for travelling criminals to commit any crime in Cumbria. I would encourage members of the public to contact the police if they see anyone acting suspiciously around business premises, cash machines or lorries that are parked.”
Two men were seen running away towards the nearby post office. One was said to be heavy set, with a shaved head and wearing a white shirt. The other had a white cap.
A 22-year-old man has been taken to hospital after reports of a fight on Scotby Road, Carlisle, in the early hours of Saturday, September 14.
Police say he suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Andrew Brown, 22, of Castlebreak, Ecclefechan, and 20-year-old Dean Melnyk, of Kintail Park, Lockerbie, each made a brief appearance separately in private before Sheriff Kenneth Ross at Dumfries.
Two men have been charged with the murder of a man in the Dumfriesshire village of Ecclefechan.
20 year old Dean Melnyk and 22 year old Andrew Brown are accused of killing Kevin MacKay on Thursday 22nd August.
40 year old Mr MacKay was found dead just yards from his home in Peacock Place.
The accused men appeared in court in Dumfries this afternoon, before Sheriff Kenneth Ross.
No pleas were made and both men were remanded in custody.
Two men are due before Dumfries Sheriff Court (26th August) in connection with the death of a man in the village of Ecclefechan.
40 year old Kevin MacKay died after an incident on Peacock Place on Thursday evening.
A 20 year old and a 22 year old man are expected in court.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Kerr, from Police Scotland, said:
– Det Ch Insp Jim Kerr, Police Scotland
"I want to thank the community in Ecclefechan for the assistance and cooperation given to police officers investigating this crime.
"As we know the village has experienced a difficult time with the recent two deaths, however they are to be commended for the way they have pulled together and helped us in our enquiries.
"Police Scotland will continue enquiries over the coming days and will work with the community over the coming weeks and months to provide reassurance that our focus in Police Scotland is maintained on keeping people safe."
Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of another man in Dumfries and Galloway.
Kevin MacKay, 40, was attacked and killed near his home in Ecclefechan on Thursday. A 22-year-old man from Ecclefechan and a 20-year-old man from Lockerbie are expected to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court on Monday 26 August.