Jewellery stolen after two Falkirk homes broken into last night

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Police are warning residents to keep their homes safe this Christmas after two houses were broken into last night.

The first break-in was in Parkview Avenue, Falkirk some time between 4pm and 7.50pm where a number of personal items were stolen including some jewellery.

The second incident happened in Tryst Park, Larbert between 8am and 7pm. Nothing was stolen and police the burglars may have disturbed by someone.

A Ploice Scotland spokesperson said: “If you see anyone acting suspiciously around property then please let us know.

“If you have any information about these crimes it can be reported on 101 on via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police are also issuing advice on how to keep houses safe during the darker nights and the festive period by fitting timers to lights; ensuring windows and doors are locked when not at home; don’t leave large sums of money in your home; security mark your property; don’t leave valuables in sight of windows, particularly around the tree at Christmas time.

If you’re having a house party with lots of guests, it can be all too easy for a thief to slip in unnoticed. Make sure you know everyone who is there. If you’re going to a party, don’t let anyone tailgate you into a house or through a secured communal entry door who may not be a guest.

Protect any gifts you’ve bought for your friends and family. Get them to register mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cameras at www.immobilise.com. Register bikes at www.BikeRegister.com.