Sneak thieves using fishing rods to steal car keys from inside homes are back operating in the Falkirk area.
Now police are warning householders they should not leave house or car keys hanging by their front door.
Crooks using rods or similar devices were caught earlier this year but now there have been several incidents in Bonnybridge and Dennyloanhead.
A police spokesman said: ‘‘We would urge the public to follow simple crime prevention advice by locking their doors, closing windows at night and not leaving keys in open view through windows or the letterbox.’’
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call police on 101.