Don’t let thieves get away with the goods this year!

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Grampian Police are urging motorists to make sure their vehicles are secure over the festive period.

After a number of vehicle break-ins over the past few weeks in the Buchan area, the Police are reminding vehicle users to ensure they lock their vehicles, secure all windows and also ensure they do not leave keys for the vehicle within easy access for persons to steal.

Maybe you still have some Christmas presents to deliver, or perhaps your heading on a long trip to see your family for the New Year and have already set up your Sat nav? Don’t let the thieves get away with your valuables.

In the hope to reduce some of the car thefts, Constable Andy Rankin from the Aberdeenshire Division Crime Reduction Unit said: “We are urging all members of the public to keep their vehicles locked and secure to prevent theft.

“Recently there have been several incidents where owners have had items stolen from within their vehicles which have been left unlocked. Sometimes the vehicle itself has been stolen!

“Especially at this time of year, there can be an extra temptation for thieves as the public leave Christmas presents in their vehicles whilst they continue their shopping.”

Constable Rankin is asking everyone to follow these simply rules:

- Lock all doors and close all windows even if parked on your driveway or in the street just outside your house or your place of work.

- Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle and if possible remove all valuable items including such as Sat Navs! - Keep your vehicle keys safe, do not leave them in the ignition or vehicle even for a short period of time.

- Do not leave your vehicle unattended even in your driveway or place of work with the engine running while attempting to clear your areas of vision.

- When parking your vehicle try and avoid areas which are badly lit, little used or concealed from public view.

He added: “Much of vehicle crime results from criminals seeing opportunities and taking them. Let’s not give them that opportunity!”

Anyone wishing further vehicle security advice should contact Constable Rankin on 0845 600 5 700.