Earlier this year police officers said that they had noticed a reduction in car crime as the main ringleaders had been locked up.
However, the number of cars stolen increased in the last quarter by about 20%.
Between the beginning of April and the end of July a total of 38 cars were stolen in the area, but that rose to 47 between August and the end of November.
However, recovery rates have improved over the same time period with 87% of vehicles now being recovered compared to just 78% the previous quarter.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Walker said officers were still working tirelessly to combat car crime in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
He said: “While we have seen a slight increase in car crime over the past few months, our proactive prevention work and dedicated teams of officers have seen recovery rates increase to 87%.
“Tackling acquisitive crime is a top priority for officers across the north-east and we will continue to target known offenders over the coming weeks and months.
“It is vital that the community remain vigilant to this type of crime and take simple security measures, such as locking doors and windows and leaving keys out of easy reach.
“Our officers regularly conduct security surveys and additional patrols to deter criminal activity, but we need the co-operation of the public to prevent these crimes from happening.”