Police chiefs are planning a summer safety campaign after an increase in break-ins across Perth and Kinross.
Latest statistics released by Police Scotland show an increase of more than 45% in thefts and attempted thefts by housebreaking.
There were 183 cases probed by officers between April and December last year, compared with 126 the year before.
The figures, which also reveal a similar rise in shoplifting cases, were presented to members of Perth and Kinross Council’s housing and community safety committee.
Chief Inspector Ian Scott said the crimes included break-ins to houses and commercial premises, as well as sheds and outbuildings.
He said: “This is something we will be looking to address as we come into the summer period.
“We get people who find their lawnmower has stopped working and rather than go and buy a new one, they’ll just steal one from their neighbour. We will be putting out safety messages in relation to home and shed security. While we have seen an increase, I should point out that last year was particularly low for recorded housebreakings.
“If you look at the five-year average (226.8 cases), you’ll see we are still in a relatively healthy position.
“These cases can have a real detrimental impact.’’