CCTV footage has captured the moment a brazen would-be thief attempted to break into a van and a house before running off from the scene.
Property manager Graham Grierson has CCTV cameras covering his home in Ambleside Terrace, Kirkton.
After a neighbour’s van was broken into, he looked back at the footage and was shocked to see a man with a dog attempting to gain entry to his van, which was parked in his driveway.
The footage then showed the man coming back to the van and making a second attempt at getting into it — before he attempted to get into his property via the garden.
Graham told the Tele that he hoped the man is traced before he attempts to try other vehicles and homes in the area.
He said: “My neighbour who lives around the corner came to my door and he told me that his house had been broken into.
“He asked me if I could have a look at my CCTV to see if there was any footage.
“He has tried to get into my van, he has tried to get into my neighbour’s garden and he has tried to get into my garden.
“I have had CCTV cameras covering my home for years.
My van was broken into a few times in the past with people looking for tools — that’s why I put the cameras up.”
Graham says he thinks that someone must have disturbed the crook.
He added: “There must have been something that spooked him because you just see him running out of Ambleside Gardens and disappearing.
“Another one of my neighbours told me that she had actually seen a man of the same description in her driveway.”
Graham said he had shared the footage in the hope that the perpetrator is caught.
He added: “It is going to get worse in the run-up to Christmas.
“People are buying presents and stuff.
“I think people really need to take care at this time of year.
“People don’t believe that it will happen to them — but I work in property management and I have seen people’s doors smashed in and people haven’t heard a thing.
“No one ever thinks that it is going to be them until it does — and by then it is too late.”
Graham said the raider was wearing white trainers, black or dark trousers, a grey or olive green hoodie and had a dog with him.
Police Scotland was approached for comment, but had not responded at the time of going to press.