Police have made a string of arrests in a crackdown on break-ins to homes and business premises throughout East Dunbartonshire.
Compared to this time last year, the number of housebreakings has almost halved, say officers - dropping by 44 per cent.
The news comes a month after the launch of police campaign Operation Neighbourhood, which has resulted in a series of arrests.
Dedicated teams of detectives, supported by community officers, have been briefed on serial offenders throughout the area.
Community Police Inspector Gerry Corrigan told the Herald: “Plain clothes patrols have been out at all hours of the day actively looking for people involved in this type of crime.
“In addition, uniformed officers are regularly stopping vehicles to disrupt and detect those using the road network to commit such crimes.”
Those arrested through Operation Neighbourhood include a male suspected of several break-ins in the Bishopbriggs area and several others for thefts of and from motor vehicles.
A man and woman were also arrested for allegedly breaking in to and stealing from several churches in Bearsden and Milngavie.
Inspector Corrigan added: “I’d like to highlight to the communities of East Dunbartonshire that break-ins are down 44 per cent from this time last year, helping to keep people and their property safe.
“Nevertheless, we will not stop there. We will continue to pursue those who commit such crimes and ensure they are brought to justice.”
The inspector also warned people and businesses to safeguard their property.
He said: “People can help us by following fairly simple safety advice such as keeping valuables out of sight, securing their property and keeping car keys away from doors so they can’t be reached through the letterbox.”
If you see anything suspicious, call police on 101, or 999 if you see a crime being committed.