POLICE have stepped up patrols in a towns and villages after a spate of thefts from vehicles.
Catalytic converters have been stolen from cars in Uppingham, Empingham and Wing over the last fortnight.
On Tuesday last week two chainsaws and a leaf blower worth £1,300 were stolen from a Land Rover in Mill Lane, Cottesmore.
On the same night tools worth £150 were stolen from a Mitsubishi in Well Street, Langham, and power tools and copper were stolen from a Citroen in Ryefield, Oakham.
Police have been checking number plates to identify cars linked with crimes.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.