Warning over jewellery thefts

Grampian Police have issues a warning after thousands of pounds worth of jewellery were stolen from a rural home in South Aberdeenshire.

The property, which was in the Glendye area of Aberdeenshire near the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road, was broken into between 8.50am and 7pm on Thursday 9 August.

The isolated rural properly, which was approximately five miles from Strachan, resulted in a high four figure sum of jewellery stolen.

This week, Grampian Police warned that a spate of jewel thefts had hit rural areas.

Investigating Officer, PC Kim Smith said: “There have been a number of housebreakings in rural areas where jewellery has been the main item targeted. I would urge everyone to ensure their property and items of value are secure at all times.”

As rural properties are potentially more prone to break-ins and other crime because of their isolation, Grampian Police crime reduction officers have teamed up with their Wildlife Unit colleagues to offer advice on crime in rural communities.

Crime reduction officer Constable Andy Rankin said: “Criminals do travel to Aberdeenshire and target rural dwellings, crofts and farms.

“It is essential that people living in rural areas are aware of how to protect their property and prevent illegal practices taking place on their land.

“By teaming up with the Wildlife Crime Unit, we will be able to offer advice on a large range of crime prevention issues, ranging from hare coursing to deer poaching to offering building and machinery security advice.

Wildlife Crime Officer constable Gavin Lindsay added: “We’re delighted to be involved in this initiative with our colleagues from the Crime Reduction Unit to offer advice to members of rural communities and raise awareness of the crimes, how to report them and the measures that can be taken to prevent them.”

For crime prevention advice, contact your local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 5 700.