We do not wish to alarm unduly, but the police have reported a spate of targeted house break-ins across the city recently. It is believed that this is being co-ordinated by the same group of criminals. They seem to go for houses that are unlit, with a view to forcing entry, stealing car keys and any easily-snatched valuable items; they then steal the car to make their getaway. These cars are usually high-powered/valuable models, which then appear to be shipped to places in Glasgow where they are broken up for spare parts to be sold on. Colinton has not been immune from these criminal acts. Residents are advised to make sure they leave a light on in the evening if out of the house, to store car keys securely, and to report any suspicious persons or vehicles in their neighbourhood immediately to the police on 999 or 101.
The police inform us that the ATM machine at RBS in Bridge Road continues to be targeted by criminals after your debit card details. A skimming device was found there recently, and removed. With no CCTV at this location, there is a significant risk of card details being stolen at this machine if a user is not extremely wary. Again, please report any suspicious behaviour (e.g. people loitering in cars in the vicinity of the bank, particularly in the evening) direct to the police.