Police have issued advice to businesses across Ayrshire following a spate of break-ins in Largs. 

A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged following the alleged housebreakings to commercial premises in the town - and officers have now issued a series of advice and tips to businesses on how to combat theft across the region. 

A spokesperson said: "We recommend that commercial premises install an alarm and monitoring system and keep keyholders' details up to date.

"When premises are closed, it is recommended where possible that shutters are used over doors and windows to further reduce the means of access to the premises.

"If this is not possible, high-value items should be removed from any window display and locked in a secured safe.

"Ideally, any cash takings should be banked daily, and only a minimum amount of cash float should be retained.

"CCTV systems have recently become much more affordable and are an ideal deterrent as well as also capturing evidence to assist police with identification and a conviction."

For further security advice, visit www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/business-advice.