Gold jewellery has been stolen from homes in Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay in a spate of housebreakings.   

Six homes in total, including four properties in Kirkcaldy, were targeted between September 2 and October 19 and police believe the thefts are linked.

Bespoke Asian jewellery was included in the haul.

A house in Donibristle Gardens, Dalgety Bay, was broken into between Monday September 4 and Tuesday September 5. 

And a house in Mallard Grove, Dunfermline, was targeted on Tuesday September 5. 

Detective Inspector Paul Dick, of Kirkcaldy CID, said: "We've had a number of recent housebreakings during which gold jewellery has been stolen and we believe that these properties have been targeted for this purpose.

"Having your home broken into is a very distressing experience and the residents have unfortunately lost property that has a sentimental value, as well as a monetary value.

"There has been an increase in both uniform and plain clothed patrols in these areas since the break-ins were reported and detectives continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry as part of our efforts to trace those responsible.

“We are asking the public to be vigilant - especially as the nights become darker. We are also taking steps to engage with the local community and reassure them that steps are being taken to tackle this issue."

He added: "Always take images of any high value items as, should they be stolen, this will greatly assist the police in identifying the property should it be recovered. This is especially important with bespoke jewellery, which cannot typically be identified through a serial number.

"I'd strongly urge anyone who has high value jewellery to store this outwith their homes, such as at their local bank, or if this isn't possible take all possible precautions to ensure this is stored securely and out of sight, such as in a safe which can be anchored.

"Consider investing in motion sensing lights as a deterrent, or even CCTV, and call Police Scotland on 101 to report any suspicious behaviour in your community. Always dial 999 if you see a crime in progress."

Anyone with information about the break-ins or the whereabouts of the stolen jewellery is urged to contact Kirkcaldy CID via 101. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.