Police warning after break-ins in Inverness and Nairn
Police have urged people in the Highlands to take precautions against thieves after seven break-ins in the space of a fortnight.
Properties in Inverness, Culloden, Nairn and Grantown-on-Spey have been broken into since 14 November.
Police Scotland has offered advice on its website on how homes can be better protected against thieves.
Det Insp Richard Baird said it was possible the same person or persons were responsible for the thefts.
He added: "I would appeal for the public to contact Police Scotland without delay if they witness any activity which they consider suspicious, particularly around houses in darkness or where the owners are known to be away.
"We acknowledge the devastating effect a break-in can have on the victims at any time of year, which is possibly even more distressing around the festive season."