More than half-a-million pounds worth of Asian gold jewellery and cash has been stolen from homeowners in the last six months. 

Police are urging communities once again to be vigilant and take appropriate security measures following a series of housebreakings across the country.

Since April there have been 35 reports of break-ins to properties in Glasgow, Paisley, Renfrew Ayrshire and Edinburgh, resulting in more than £500,000 worth of jewellery and cash being stolen.

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Officers want the public to look out for suspicious activity in residential areas, as it could indicate a housebreaking is or is about to take place, with incidents generally occurring between 11am and 11pm.

Householders are also asked to ensure their goods are stored safely out of sight and their properties are secured.

Detective Inspector Kevin Gilmour, said: "In 2017 and the early part of 2018, we saw significant numbers of Asian gold housebreakings taking place and a national campaign was launched to address this.

"Whilst the numbers we've seen occurring over recent times are much lower than two years ago, I want to again reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to investigate all incidents which occur and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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"Prevention is key and I would ask all members of our communities to assist us in stopping these offences by being vigilant and considering the security of their properties. It is known that bedrooms and lofts routinely get searched during the commission of these crimes.

"If you witness any behaviour you feel is suspicious or unusual, or have any concerns about the behaviour of an individual or group of people, please contact us immediately, noting any vehicle registrations if safe to do so.

"I would urge you to consider the overall security of your home and where possible look to invest in good locks for your doors and windows, motion-activated lighting, alarm systems and CCTV."

Anyone requiring any information on safeguarding their property and belongings is urged to visit here.