MASKED intruders have been caught on security video apparently trying to get through garden gates and into locked cars in a Herefordshire town.

Gill and Marten Roes Francken shared a video on the Facebook group Ross Noticeboard of a masked person trying to open the gate that leads to their garden on November 9 at 3.36am in Ashfield Crescent.

The couple were asleep at the time before they were woken up by a signal on their phones from the CCTV as the person approached the gate.

As the gate was locked, they soon left the couple's home without stealing anything.

The couple rang 101 and reported it to the police, whose advice included putting a Neighbourhood Watch poster in their front window.

"It is a cause for concern, I've been concerned about this for a while, said Mr Roes Francken.

"Ross is an affluent area with a lot of expensive cars around."

There have been shady characters spotted in the area, he said.

Adrian Lewis also shared a video of a masked individual apparently trying to break into his car on November 1 at 2.03am in Ross-on-Wye.

This is the first time this has happened.

"Apparently they have tried other cars as well," Mr Lewis said.

"Very brazen of them as the light came on but it did not deter him."

Mr Lewis caught them on his Ring camera at the front of his home as he was asleep in bed at the time it happened.

West Mercia police have received reports of theft over the past few weeks.

A spokesperson said: "We have received two reports over the past few weeks of theft from vehicles parked on the street in Ross and a further report in relation to individuals wearing hoodies reportedly trying door handles of parked cars.

"There have been no reports of burglaries at residential properties in Ross however this month we did receive one report of a non-residential burglary where bicycles were stolen from a shed."