Officers in Aberdeen are urging the public to remain vigilant of opportunistic thieves following a spate of break-ins and bike thefts in the city.
Seven mountain bikes, a handbag and photographic equipment were stolen on Wednesday evening and in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Thefts took place in the Albury Road, Spademill Lane, Desswood Place, Claremont Place, Ashvale Place and Whitehall Terrace areas of the city, amongst others.
Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail from the CID Proactive team said: “Over the last few days we have seen a spate of thefts from sheds, garages and vehicles and I would like to remind people to remain vigilant about acquisitive crime.
“I would urge all homeowners to ensure that their valuable property is kept locked away and secured when not being used and to not leave valuables on display in vehicles.
“Tackling acquisitive crime is a priority for police across the north-east and day-in day-out we target a large amount of resources to prevent such crimes from happening in the first place. No matter where you live no one can be complacent so please ensure your homes, garages and sheds are always secure and that your vehicles are locked.
“We have dedicated a number of CID officers to investigating this series of crimes and we are following a number of lines of enquiry. High visibility patrols have also been increased in these areas and I would encourage anyone with information pertaining to these crimes or the individuals involved, to get in touch.
“If anyone recalls seeing any suspicious behaviour in the Ferryhill and West areas of the city over the last few nights they are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 0597 of 22 March.”
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.