POLICE are issuing another reminder to Dumbarton and Vale residents to lock their vehicles after recent alleged thefts and attempted thefts from vehicles in Alexandria.

Officers said they were taking the pre-emptive measure with more vehicle crime in the area caused by people not locking their cars while leaving valuables lying out.

West Dunbartonshire police said residents should always double check they've locked their car and for newer cars, ensure they take the key fobs with them so self-locking is automatic.

If you have a car alarm, make sure it's set. Don't leave valuables and always keep car keys out of sight in a safe place at home and doors and windows locked.

Chief Inspector Scott Carlin, West Dunbartonshire area commander, said: “Enquiries are ongoing into two recent incidents but we are also encouraging car owners to take a few extra seconds to ensure their car is secure and that all property such as sat-navs and phones are not on display.

"By following these simple steps residents can reduce the chance of them becoming a victim of thieves.”

Officers said simple precautions can make a difference.

If you have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area or if you have been offered stolen property for sale please contact 101.