Home owners in Dumfries and Galloway are being warned about bogus callers operating in their area.
Police say that on Saturday, 16 August, six houses in the Eastriggs and Annan areas were visited by a man who said he needed access to the buildings to check for damp in leaks.
All the houses targeted were occupied by elderly people.
Two houses one in The Crescent and one in Annan Road in Eastriggs, and three houses in Annan, in Queensway, Charles Street and Waterfoot Road were affected.
The man has been described as:
- about 5’3” tall
- with ginger hair and a beard
- wearing a baseball cap
- speaking with an English accent
- driving a 'North West Roofing' van
The man was refused entry to some of the houses, but did gain entry to three of them, walking around under the pretence of checking for damp or leaks.
At this stage nothing has been reported stolen.
"Never let anyone into your home whom you don’t know if they cannot provide identification as to who they are, and a valid reason for why they require access. If in doubt, call the company that the caller is from if they have identification. If still in doubt call the police on 101 and we will happily check them out.
"Genuine callers are never offended by being asked for identification, and are happy to provide it. They understand the dangers of being taken for a bogus caller."
Anyone looking for advice or assistance with how to deal with bogus callers should call Police Scotland on 101 and ask to speak to their local Crime Reduction Officer who will make an appointment to call and offer suitable home security advice.
A 32 year-old man from Stranraer has died after being found unconscious in his flat in Stranraer.
The man was found on 13th August in his flat on Caledonia Court. He was initially treated by medics but died a short time later.
Police Scotland are looking into the 'unexplained' death but do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances. The Procurator Fiscal has been informed.
Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating an attempted break-in at a property in Galashiels.
A house on Lintburn Street was targeted at about 5am on Wednesday, 6 August.
The occupants were woken by a noise coming from the living room and discovered someone had tried to get into the building.
"Fortunately, the property was not entered and none of the occupants' belongings were taken.
"Nevertheless, we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in or around Lintburn Street in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
"In addition, anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible is asked to contact police immediately."
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted break-in at Selkirk Golf Club.
The male, who was seen trying to enter the club house on Wednesday 6 August at about 4.45pm, was challenged by staff and fled the scene.
He was described as white, of slim build and is about 6ft tall. He was wearing a hooded top and has brown eyes.
"Fortunately the clubhouse was not entered and no items were stolen during this incident.
"Nevertheless we are keen to trace the male responsible and anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around the golf club on Wednesday afternoon is asked to contact police immediately."
Call Police Scotland on 101 if you have any information.
Police are investigating the theft of a copper water tank from a house in Dumfries.
The tank was stolen from the garden of a house in Elizabeth Walk sometime between Tuesday, 5 and Thursday 7, August.
The tank has a scrap value of about £50.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to phone Police Scotland on 101.
A man is critically ill in hospital after a 'serious' road traffic accident in Dumfries.
He was left with multiple broken bones and spinal injuries after his Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle collided with a white VW Transporter camper van.
The incident happened at 7:30pm yesterday, Thursday 7 August, on the A701 to Edinburgh road, at the junction which leads to the Ae Water/Loch Ettrick area.
The driver of the VW Transporter was uninjured.
Polioce are asking anyone who may have been on this road at this time and can help should call Police Scotland on 101.
Police Scotland are appealing for information after break-ins in Hawick and Selkirk have been reported within days of each other.
In Selkirk a property in Ettrickhaugh Road was broken into and a three-figure sum of money was stolen.
And in a separate incident, a toolbox and contents worth £50 were stolen from a lock-up shed at Lochpark Industrial Estate in Hawick.
The break-ins, which happened within a five day period, are being investigated by officers from Operation RAC, a unit dedicated to tackling housebreakings in the Scottish Borders.
- Selkirk: Between Friday 1 and Monday 4 August.
- Hawick: Between 2:20pm, Saturday 2, and 11am, Tuesday 5 August.
Anyone with any information relating to either of these crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A 61-year-old man has died suddenly at a house in Stranraer.
Police were called to the house on Garrick Drive at 7.15pm on the 2nd August. They are treating the death as 'unexplained' and are waiting for a post mortem to establish the cause of death.
An 18-year-old man has died after falling into a silo near Hawick.
Police were called to a farm near Denholm at 9:00am this morning, Friday 1 August.
"Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and officers are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive."
Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after a horse was attacked in Hawick.
The incident happened sometime between Monday, 28 and Tuesday, 29 July in a field near the Troweknowes Farm.
The animal suffered two large cuts to its legs, which have required veterinary treatment.
"These injuries were not sustained accidentally and this incident is being treated as a deliberate act of cruelty.
"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the Troweknowes farm area of Hawick between Monday and Tuesday is asked to contact police immediately.
"Given the fairly remote location of the field, those responsible most likely travelled by vehicle and we would also urge anyone with information that can help us progress this line of enquiry to get in touch."
Officers are asking any one with information about the incident to contact them on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.