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.
Police say they need more people to come forward with information after four vehicles including an ice cream van were set on fire.
The vehicles were all destroyed in the fires which happened on four separate nights in the past week in Annan.
A woman has been sexually assaulted as she walked home from a night out in Dumfries. The attack happened on the A711 Dalbeattie Road on the outskirts of Dumfries in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police believe the victim tried to flag down a lorry after the attack and are asking the driver to contact officers as they believe he or she may have vital information. It's also believed a car driver, possibly a taxi driver, stopped and spoke to the victim. They're being asked to come forward.
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Police are investigating two break-ins in Dumfries where guns, jewellery, cash and alcohol have been taken from two homes in a week. In both cases, the properties were vacant at the time with the owners being away on holiday.
Enquiries are being made into both these crimes in an attempt to recover the property, in particular the firearms. Police want to speak to anyone who has been offered any of the property for sale, or who may know the whereabouts of any of the property.
Officers in Dumfries can be contacted on 0845 600 5701 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Cumbria Police are urging people not to leave windows open as opportunistic thefts are a growing problem. The current heat wave is causing many people to be less security conscious and leave home without locking up their homes properly. They say an open window is an invitation to a thief.