Police are stepping up patrols in Aberdeen city centre following a rise in the number of shoplifting offences.
A dedicated team of officers will be supporting shops and carrying out high-visibility patrols in the coming weeks in a bid to reduce the number of offences.
Different officers are to be allocated a part of the city centre which includes focusing on areas including Union Square, the Bon Accord and St Nicholas shopping centres, as well as Union Street.
Other parts include the Academy Shopping Centre and Belmont Street.
Police say the rise in shoplifting offences relate to people stealing food, alcohol, perfumes and items of clothing.
The number of retail thefts in the city centre has risen for the second month in a row.
In March there were 102 offences recorded by officers, compared with 91 in February and 65 in January.