Police in north east Fife are warning residents and visitors to the area to be on their guard after an increase in the number of housebreakings and thefts in the area since the clocks went back.
Officers are also urging people to take more care to secure any unattended premises and vehicles. The farming community in particular is being reminded to ensure that vehicles and trailers are secured and that keys are not left within any vehicles.
The warning comes after a house was broken into in Pittenweem on October 31; another house in Anstruther was entered via an open window on November 5 and two quad bikes stolen from the Colinsburgh area on October 9 and November 10.
Community Ward Sergeant Pat Turner said: “There have been a small number of incidents recently where North East Fife premises have been targeted.
“I would ask that people be vigilant with regards to the security of their vehicles and property especially as it gets dark earlier in the evenings.
“We are lucky to live in an area that has relatively low levels of this type of crime but we should continue to make it as difficult as possible for any opportunist thief to take advantage of any lapse in security.
“Please remain alert and report any suspicious vehicles or persons as soon as possible to Police Scotland on either the 101 number or 999 if there is a crime in progress.”