Homeowners warned to keep doors secure

POLICE have warned residents to use mortise locks on their front doors after a recent spate of housebreakings.

Break-ins were carried out in the Stockbridge area last month, including addresses in Raeburn Place, Hamilton Place, Inverleith Avenue and Eildon Street.

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Officers said the method used by the thief was simply forcing the front doors, which in many of the cases were only secured by a cylinder rim or "Yale" lock.

Pc Greig Stephen, Stockbridge community beat officer, said: "This highlights the need to ensure that if you have a mortise lock please make sure that you use it.

"The warm weather brings a tendency for many people to leave doors and windows open and I would ask that you make sure that you have checked that you have secured your premises when you retire for the evening."