Coronation Street is cutting crime – but north-east residents need to keep on protecting their cars, police have said.
Police chiefs previously urged residents to lock car doors and use the ending of their favourite TV soap, such as Coronation Street, to give them a daily reminder to check.
It follows an Evening Express investigation which found Aberdeen residents leave one- in-four vehicles unlocked – and some are leaving their front doors open and car keys by the door.
New figures show there were just five housebreakings in the West End and Hazlehead area – which has been targeted by thieves in the past – in November compared with 12 last November.
Police welcomed the figures but said it is import people keep their cars and homes secure as Christmas approaches.
“Once the clocks go back, nights become darker and thieves like to operate under the cover of darkness.
“If your car is left unlocked it only takes them seconds to get in, steal from it and get away,” said Inspector Davie Cowie, of West End and Hazlehead community policing team.
“Thieves often try front doors and we’re asking people to not make themselves an easy target.
“Thankfully, we can count on one hand the number of incidents there have been in this area of Aberdeen last month, but even one incident is too many.”
He added: “The Evening Express coverage has been very helpful and most people we speak to when we emphasise the importance of locking up their vehicles and homes are appreciative, but some have the mentality that it will never happen to them.”
With overnight temperatures dropping below freezing, Inspector Cowie urged people not to leave their vehicles unattended with the engine running.
He also encouraged residents not to leave festive gifts on show in vehicles when out Christmas shopping.
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Councillor Martin Greig, who represents Hazlehead, Queen’s Cross and Countesswells, said: “It is good to see this significant reduction in this type of crime.
“Thefts involving your vehicle are always distressing. It is well-known thieves use devious means of getting access to vehicles and keys from inside people’s homes.
“This special campaign has been worth running and it is important to find new ways for fighting criminals and looking at crime prevention.”