WEE COUNTY residents are being urged to secure their cars at night with thefts spreading into a third Wee County town.

In recent months, a number of unsecured vehicles have been targeted in Menstrie and Tillicoultry, and while the culprits have since been arrested, further reports have surfaced in Clackmannan.

Mark Murphy, community inspector for police in Clackmannanshire, said once again the cars in question have not been locked and that thieves are stealing everything from iPhone wires to bags of Christmas presents.

He said: “Over the past 7-10 days, we have seen thefts again in Clackmannan. The cars are open as they were in the previous instances.

“We would urge people, especially at this time of year, to make sure your car is locked at all times.

"In Clackmannan last week someone had a load of Christmas presents stolen from the back of their car.

“This isn’t anything sophisticated, these people are going along and trying every car door they pass until they find one which is open.”

Insp. Murphy urged anyone with information to get in touch with Police Scotland on 101 or phone Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile, PC Kevin Grattan, of Alloa Police Office, issued an appeal through Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, highlighting that unlocked cars are “easy pickings” for thieves.

He said: “Recently Alloa, Clackmannan and Menstrie have again suffered from opportunist thieves targeting unsecured cars and vans.

“Please spread the word amongst family, friends and neighbours that as long as there is easy pickings these thieves will continue to work in our area.

“Locking valuables out of sight preferably within the boot would also help.

“If you see any persons acting suspiciously around vehicles especially within the hours on darkness please call it in.”