Roadside grit bins in some areas of Nottinghamshire are being emptied by thieves, the county council has warned.
Grit has been stolen from bins in Chilwell, Egmanton and North Muskham and residents are being asked to report anyone who takes grit for their own personal use or to sell on, to police.
Nottinghamshire County Council says grit bins are installed at hazardous junctions or very exposed roads.
Bins have been refilled three times this winter costing £55 each time.
Councillor Richard Jackson, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: "This grit has been paid for by the public to keep roads safe.
"Taking it for use on drives, or possibly to sell for profit is a very selfish and dangerous act, which puts the safety of all road users at risk and could even cost someone's life."