Police appeal for witnesses after thieves target vehicles in North-east

Police are appealing for witnesses following several reported break-ins and thefts from vehicles in three areas of Aberdeenshire.

A number of garages and vehicles in the Gardenstown, Rosehearty and Pennan were targeted between Saturday and Sunday and officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything unusual or suspicious.

In particular officers would like to hear from anyone who saw a dark-coloured vehicle in the area.

Police have also asked that residents in the area check their vehicles, garages or outbuildings to make sure there is nothing untoward and report anything unusual to police.

Area Inspector Megan Heathershaw said: “Because the Banff and Buchan area is typically a low crime area, sometimes complacency creeps in and the residents in our communities feel that they can leave their garages, sheds, vehicles and even their homes unlocked.

“Although crime is low we have to take basic precautions to ensure we continue to enjoy the high quality of life we have been accustomed to in Banff & Buchan.

“Always lock your vehicles and garages and don’t leave anything of value in your cars and certainly not in view. Vehicles should be parked in well-lit areas and car alarms should always be used. Good lighting around your home and garages is also recommended.”

Police have asked anyone with information related to these incidents or who has seen anything suspicious to call Police Scotland on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency or if you want to remain anonymous telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.