A senior police officer today said he has not seen any “noticeable rise” in criminal behaviour this Christmas, compared to previous years.
Chief Inspector Murray Main, who is in charge of Aberdeenshire South, said the festive period is an extremely busy time of year in terms of demands on officers.
But added: “We have experienced no noticeable rise in criminal activity.
“We continue to respond to unfortunate incidents of violence including domestic violence which can rise over the festive period.
“We’ve launched additional patrols concentrating resources on the consequences and supporting victims.”
Planning for Hogmanay celebrations is something local officers have been doing for around eight months.
Chief Insp Main said: “We’ve got additional patrols out right across the North-east to ensure individuals out over Hogmanay don’t use it as an excuse for antisocial behaviour or criminal behaviour.
“We are expecting tens of thousands to come onto the streets this weekend.”
Officers will be in attendance at all of the Hogmanay events going on around the North-east including the fireworks display in Aberdeen, which will be seen above His Majesty’s Theatre.
They will also be at the annual Stonehaven Fireball Festival and at the Gig at the Brig, which takes place in Ellon’s Market Street.
Chief Insp Main urged people across the region to follow simple safety precautions so that they don’t get themselves into situations they would otherwise avoid.
He added: “People should make sure they attend the organised displays for fireworks.
“We’re asking people to do what they can to prevent any type of antisocial behaviour and if they’re going to let off fireworks speak to their neighbours and give due consideration to their entire community.”
Revellers are also being encouraged to drink sensibly and parents are asked to know their children’s whereabouts.