Police are warning residents to be vigilant of thieves over the summer months after a series of break-ins in the area, including an incident in Fauldhouse.
On Thursday, May 24, thieves took advantage of a window that had been left open overnight in Quarry Road and stole a purse from inside.
There have been a number of other nearby incidents where thieves have taken advantage of unsecured windows and doors on properties in the area, and the recent good weather has highlighted the dangers faced by residents who do not take steps to secure their homes.
Detective Inspector John Wyllie, from Lothian and Borders Police, said: "Everyone has enjoyed the recent good weather; however I would urge members of the public to be aware that opportunities for most of us to enjoy ourselves also present opportunities for thieves.
"What I would ask is that people take sensible precautions. If you are planning to be in your garden, perhaps with a barbecue or listening to music, please consider locking your doors and closing your ground floor windows so that people do not have an easy chance to enter your house whilst you are distracted.
"Likewise in the warm evenings please ensure that if you leave windows open, they are secured on a latch or similar.
"If you are parking your car please consider securing it properly as thieves will and do look for easy targets presented by open windows, boots and even keys left in the ignition.
"We have all been enjoying the good weather, but please don't allow your fun to be ruined by the very small minority who would take advantage. Please help us to help you by minimising opportunities for thieves.
"On a final note we are very keen to hear from anyone who has any knowledge about this type of crime, or indeed any other criminal activity. Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111."