Police in the North East are urging the public to ensure their home and vehicle security is as good as it can be following a spate of thefts and break-ins across the region
There have been a series of thefts, including housebreakings and theft of a motor vehicle in the Kinmundy area, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
The incidents happened between 4am and 6am on Tuesday, November 1, within a new build housing estate in the Kinmundy area, Peterhead. As a result a vehicle and a number of personal property items were taken.
In addition a number of motor vehicles have been stolen in the West Aberdeenshire and Moray areas during October.
Detective Sergeant Bruce Buntain said: "Tackling acquisitive and opportunistic crime is a high priority and we are dedicated to bringing those responsible to justice. We do however ask for the public's help with this. Do everything you can to ensure your home and vehicle security is as full proof as it can be and report any concerning activity in your neighbourhood to us as soon as you can.
"In many cases thieves are simply trying house and vehicle doors until they find one unlocked.
"It's crucial for people to report any suspicious activity, whether that takes place during the day or night. Look out for unfamiliar vehicles or people and call us on 101. Let us decide whether there is criminality. In an emergency always dial 999.
"The nights are now going to get darker more quickly which makes it easier for thieves to target your property so follow our advice to keep your home safe after dark."
Some key tips include -
• Use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look as if your home is occupied
• Ensure all doors and windows are secure when you leave and when you go to bed
• If possible use security lighting at the front and back of your property
• Use a good quality lock on any garden sheds and outhouses
• Make a note of all makes, models and serial numbers of expensive items in your home