A BIGGAR resident is warning others to be on alert after an attempted break-in at her home.

Lesley Thomson, who lives near Biggar, wants to warn others across the region to keep their homes securely locked, after thieves "tried their luck" at her property.

The attempted break-in, which occurred as dawn broke on Tuesday morning (May 16) was caught on CCTV by Lesley, who later alerted her neighbours to the incident.

Lesley told the Peeblesshire News: "We checked our CCTV when we got up in the morning and noticed that one camera had been moved. We scrolled back through the recordings on that camera and saw it move around 5.30am just after a maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee went past. 

"We checked the camera inside (covering the same are from a different angle) and got an excellent view of the person in the photos walking towards the door and moving the camera (he spotted it on the way to the door) then he peered inside, tried the door handle then left.

She added: "The car had gone past our property about three minutes earlier, and this is unusual as were are the second last house on a dead end track, and we do not know this Jeep.

"We alerted all our neighbours, including Cloburn Quarry, but no other cameras have picked them up, so it looks like they tried their luck with us.

"It also seems that our neighbour's dog may have helped by barking around this time."

"The positive thing about living in a rural area is that strangers stand out. I would urge anyone with any concerns about security or who maybe feels that someone is acting suspiciously to contact Police Scotland on 101, or in an emergency 999."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "An investigation is underway following a report of an attempted break on Tuesday, May 16, and enquiries are ongoing."

The warning follows a spate of break-in's across the Borders within 48 hours on April 18 and 19, with two attempts in West Linton and several break-in's in Innerleithen.

A garage in Hawick was also broken into, plus attempts were made at a clothing shop in Selkirk.