The Police Scotland initiative, Operation RAC, has been officially launched as the Force looks to address an overall four per cent increase in housebreaking offences since last year.
A specialist team of officers, who will specifically focus on investigating housebreaking, are supporting the local Operation RAC activities.
Since the launch of the operation, officers have already undertaken a number of enquiries into housebreakings and to date, three people have been charged for over thirty offences with property valued at around £1,600 recovered.
Operation RAC enquiries and action will continue throughout East Lothian and anyone found to be involved in housebreaking or associated offences can expect to be dealt with by police.
Detective Inspector Robert Brown, who is leading on local RAC activity said: “The majority of the increase in housebreaking relates to offences relating to sheds, garages and outbuildings, with only a small rise observed in break-ins to homes.
“Nevertheless, these crimes have a serious impact on our communities and we have dedicated resources in place to address housebreaking, which many areas have identified to us as a local priority.
“We are already witnessing positive results across the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division, with several people now either in custody or awaiting trial for housebreaking offences.
“Operation RAC activity will continue to target housebreakers in East Lothian and we are working closely with partner agencies and the public to bring those responsible for acquisitive crime to justice.”
Chief Inspector Colin Brown, Local Area Commander for East Lothian, said: “While Police Scotland will continue to proactively pursue those responsible for housebreaking across the region, Community Officers will also be engaging with the public to offer a range of crime prevention advice and useful information to safeguard homes and belongings.
“Taking a few simple steps such as securing all doors and windows when leaving your property and ensuring all valuables are stored safely out of sight will help prevent crime occurring.
“Furthermore our communities are asked to remain vigilant for suspicious activity in their area, particularly around the homes of elderly or vulnerable members of the public and report any concerns they have to police.”