POLICE have warned Christmas shoppers not to leave gifts in their cars following a recent spate of break-ins.

Thefts have been reported across East Renfrewshire with vehicles in Barrhead being targeted this week.

Two cars parked at Barrhead train station had their windows smashed in and items inside were stolen.

One of the incidents took place on the afternoon of Saturday, December 2, and the other was on Monday, December 4, during the day.

Police did not confirm what had been taken in the haul but believe the two incidents could be linked.

Officers are now warning against leaving presents on show in vehicles.

Sergeant Michael Morganthaler, who is based at Giffnock Police station, said: “Two thefts were reported in Barrhead at the car park near the train station.

“We would like to warn people that in the run up to Christmas, not to leave valuables or shopping unattended.

“Please make sure items are left out of sight and that cars are locked and secure.

“There have been other similar crimes across East Renfrewshire but this is the first time it has been reported in Barrhead.

“Enquiries are continuing and anyone with information is urged to come forward.”

Police can be contacted on 101.

Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.