A number of vans have been broken into in Laois overnight.
Two vans in Whitefield housing estate in Portarlington was broken into between midnight and 03:00am on Tuesday, February 27.
It is understood that nothing was taken from the van but the lock was damaged and one window was smashed.
The same type of break in and lock damage to two more vans took place around 04:00am overnight in Ballymorris Court in Portarlington.
Again, nothing was taken from the vans but there was damage to the locks.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses especially any sighting of anybody on foot or vehicles in the areas at the times of the break-ins.
Locally, it has been reported that another van was broken into in Portarlington and a number expensive tools were stolen.
Laois Offaly Crime Prevention Officer Graham Kavanagh is appealing to local tradesmen to be vigilant of the break ins.
"Look at additional security to vans besides the standard security that comes with the van. Park in a well lit area, use of jobox secured to body of van could be considered," he said.