Police across south Aberdeenshire are stepping up patrols as part of a new proactive crime-fighting operation to further protect rural areas.
The Kincardine and Mearns Community Policing Team along with specialist units will be tackling offenders who use our road network to prey on more isolated communities.
Using a mixture of high visibility and plain clothes patrols to track suspicious vehicles, the operation aims to create a hostile environment for those intending to commit crime in rural Aberdeenshire.
Sergeant Mike Stobie said: “This operation will involve local and specialist police resources deployed proactively across the south of Aberdeenshire road networks dealing with road traffic offences, targeting suspicious vehicles and creating a hostile environment for those criminals coming into the area.
“High-profile patrols will create a visible deterrent, intelligence will be gathered and used to inform live-time deployments, and officers will use a range of police powers to disrupt would-be offenders wherever possible.
Patrols will focus not just on the main arterial routes such as the A90 and A92 but also minor roads which may be frequented by criminals trying to avoid detection.”
Aberdeenshire remains one of the safest places in the country however police are still urging residents to contact them on 101 or 999 if it is a genuine emergency.
Information can also be passed on without giving your name by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.