Residents are being warned to ensure their sheds and outbuildings are as secure as possible following an increase in thefts.
Inspector John Kellett from Police Scotland said there has been a rise in the number of break-ins in the Stenhousemuir area, with thieves making off with tools, bikes and garden equipment.
He said: “We have increased officer patrols in the area as a result of the break-ins and they are carrying out checks on vehicles on the roads late at night.
“There are things home owners can do to deter thieves, like ensuring they have good padlocks fitted to outbuildings and avoiding keeping anything of value in a shed.”
Inspector Kellett also said people should check their sheds regularly as many don’t notice they’ve been broken into until days or even weeks later, making recovering goods more difficult.
Police Scotland offer home checks for anyone worried about security and can mark bikes with a code to make returning them to owners easier.
Call 101 to arrange visit from a community officer.