Car owners in Kirkcaldy are being warned to be on their guard after a recent spate of vehicle break-ins in the area.
Police in Fife have reported an unusually high number of attacks on vehicles since the beginning of the year and are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously.
Community Sergeant Jimmy Adamson said the break-ins were a real concern.
“The numbers in this series of vehicle break-ins are quite unprecedented,” he said.
“We’ve not seen anything quite like this before.”
“Since the start of the year there have been 11 break-ins around the Templehall area and at Sainsbury’s.
Car crime in Kirkcaldy had fallen in the last few years so we want to catch these peopleSgt Jimmy Adamson
“Cars have been broken into by having their windows smashed.”
Sgt Adamson added that the Seafield area of the town has seen a high number of car crimes also.
“What’s happened in that area is that 17 cars have been stolen from when their owner has left a door open.
“In the main it’s been loose change left in the front well that’s been taken but there’s also been the occasional sat nav or phone.
“The thieves have just been trying handles of cars hoping to find one that’s been left unsecured.
“In all likelihood this is probably the work of a couple of gangs who are operating solely in Kirkcaldy, this isn’t happening anywhere else in the country,” Sgt Adamson added.
“We would appeal to people to make sure their cars are locked at all times.
“Car crime in Kirkcaldy had fallen in the last few years so we want to catch these people.
“I would appeal to anyone who sees anything that they think is suspicious to get in touch and in the meantime to please be more vigilant.”
Police Scotland can be contacted by calling 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.