Police are investigating a spate of break-ins to homes in and around Broughty Ferry over the New Year period.
Police are linking most of the incidents, which happened between December 29 and January 3. A map outlining the locations of the incidents is below.
In the worst attempted break-in, a resident in Monifieth was forced to scare off a burglar who had smashed his window and was trying to reach in to unlock it, in the early hours of January 3.
The householder grabbed him by the arm before the suspect threatened him and demanded he hand over property. The resident refused before the burglar ran off empty handed.
The first incident occurred in West Ferry on December 30. A house on Albert Road was broken into sometime between 9.20pm and 11.45pm. The homeowners do not believe anything was taken.
A man was then disturbed in a garden in Beaumont Crescent at about 10.25pm on the same night and according to witnesses, it was obvious he was there intending to break in.
He is described as white, about 6ft tall and slim build and wearing a dark jacket or hoody.
A little more than an hour later, a man matching the same description, was disturbed trying to break in to a property in Strathern Road at about 11.40pm.
Police have also been informed of break-ins to two properties in Duntrune Terrace, one some time between December 29 and January 1 and the other before 1.50pm on January 2.
In all of the instances where a break-in has been attempted or achieved, a rear window has been forced open or broken.
The Monifieth incident is the only one not believed to be linked to the others.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We are putting dedicated high-visibility patrols into this area in the late evenings.
“We would also like to ask residents of the West Ferry / Strathern / Claypotts area to ensure that all windows and doors are properly secured, and if you are going to be out for the evening, please leave a light on or ensure any security devices you have are in working order and switched on.
“If you have any information about any of these incidents that could help us, particularly if you have private CCTV in these areas or have dashcam footage of someone matching the above description acting suspiciously in the area, please call 101 or speak with any police officer.
“Information can be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Our main reference numbers are incident 4043 of 30th December or CR/35275/19.”