Grampian Police are urging north-east residents living in rural areas to tighten security around their properties as the darker winter nights draw in.
The remote location of properties such as farms and lodges can make them a target for thieves. Residents are also encouraged to tell a family member or neighbour if they will be away from their house for any period of time and ask them to conduct checks on their property to help prevent thefts from happening. Constable Andy Rankin, Crime Reduction Officer for Aberdeenshire Division, said: “Garden sheds, garages, and farm outbuildings can be targets for thieves as such buildings are often not as well protected as houses.
“In addition, these types of buildings can contain valuable items such as bicycles, power tools, farm equipment, and fuel.”
Anyone seeking further security advice should contact their local Grampian Police Crime Reduction Officer on 0845 600 5 700.