Dundonians had more than £235,000 worth of personal items stolen from their homes in the past year, the Tele can reveal.
Figures released by Police Scotland show that there were 183 break-ins across the city between November 2016 to October 2017.
The total value of property taken that could be priced came to £235,002.
Broken down by police beats, the most targeted area was “C36”, which covers the Strathmartine/Coldside wards. There were 18 break-ins recorded over the period.
Residents and business based in Fairmuir, Sherbrook and the Caird Park area were among the victims.
January was the worst month for break-ins within the beat, with five in total.
The second-most targeted beat was C26, covering the West End, where 16 incidents were reported, including in Blackness Road.
Three neighbourhoods suffered 13 break-ins each — Ninwewells/Charleston Drive; The Glens/Law Crescent and Dudhope/Constitution Road.
According to the Tele’s research, the constituency ward of Coldside saw the most break-ins over the year, with at least 36.
The second-most targeted ward was Maryfield, with 28 incidents.
Reacting to the Tele’s findings, Coldside councillor Anne Rendall said: “It’s worrying that there has been this level of break-ins across the city and it’s of obvious concern to me that Coldside had 36 break-ins over the last year. I would encourage residents to lock their doors, even while they are in the house, as opportunistic thieves may seize any chance to go in and take whatever is on show.
“I know there was a recent incident where doors in my ward had been tried, so it’s up to all of us to support the police by making sure our houses are as secure as possible.
“A break-in can have a devastating effect that can last for a long time, so prevention is the best way to help stop this.”
Maryfield Councillor Ken Lynn said: “Clearly, it’s very distressing to have your house broken into.
“What I’d advise is for people to take precautions, such as fitting window locks and by making sure that they have got decent locks on their doors.
“And I would hope that neighbours would look out for one another.”
Peter Chalmers, whose partner’s house was broken into in November, told the Tele he believes he saw someone “casing” his block two days after the raid, and who ran off when he spotted the security cameras.
He said: “It seems to be that there have been a lot of break-ins across the city.
“I just think it’s absolutely crazy.”
He added that he and his partner were now looking to move as a result of the break-in, because it no longer feels safe.
Across the city, January and September recorded the most break-ins, with 23 each.
February and June saw the lowest, with only eight reported in each month.