THERE has been an increase in thefts from cars in Alloa, according to police.

A warning was issued by Forth Valley Police Division last week following a spate of thefts around the areas of Smithfield Meadows and Victoria Street.

Officers said there has been an increase in thefts from unsecured vehicles at the turn of the month, between around 5pm on Sunday, August 30, and 4am on Tuesday, September 1.

Anyone who may have information relating to suspicious activity during that time is being urged to get in touch with police.

In particular, officers are appealing for any private CCTV or ring doorbell footage of any suspicious persons or vehicles from the above time period.

Those with information are urged to call 101, quoting the reference numbers 2334 or 0639 of September 1.

Police also issued car security and safety advice, urging people not to forget to lock their vehicles.

Other suggestions include car tracking systems, alarms, steering locks and parking in a driveway or garage if possible.

Officers are also urging motorists not to leave expensive items out on display.

A social media statement by Forth Valley Police Division added: "If you see anyone acting suspiciously near to your property, contact us immediately with as detailed a description as possible, including any person or vehicle; 999 in an emergency or 101 to report the matter to us."