Police are advising householders to be on their guard after a spate of crimes that could have been prevented in Elderslie and Erskine. The guidance comes after...

Police are advising householders to be on their guard after a spate of crimes that could have been prevented in Elderslie and Erskine.

The guidance comes after residents had property stolen in Elderslie and others feared they were going to be the victim of doorstep crimes.

In Erskine two homes which had been left unsecured were broken into and property was stolen, while a third incident saw a man – who is believed to have been a crook – knocking on a pensioner’s door and asking if her cars were for sale.

A house was also broken into in Johnstone.

The hunt for one of the housebreakers saw a police helicopter and dog branches deployed but the thief managed to make his escape.

Chief Inspector Arlene Smith said: “Don’t forget to lock and secure your properties when you’re not there.

“If you see anyone suspicious hanging around your own or your neighbours’ homes don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

“It’s like Christmas – take precautions where you can – make sure your homes, garages, huts and outhouses are locked and secured, don’t leave windows unlocked or open if you’re going out.

“It’s the holiday season and many people will be going away fora break. I’m appealing to holidaymakers to make sure their homes are secure.”

The force are planning to host some home safety roadshows, with the shopping centre at Braehead being a likely destination.

The date for the event will be posted on Renfrewshire’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RenfrewshirelnverclydePoliceDivision.

Anyone looking for more information on keeping themselves and their property safe can contact 101 and arrange for an appointment with someone from their local policing team.