A pair of masked thieves have been caught on CCTV trying to break into cars and homes in Aberdeenshire.
Concerned resident Andy Bowen used private cameras set up outside his parents’ home in the Elrick area of Westhill to film the pair in the act on Wednesday at around 4am.
Mr Bowen had originally set up the cameras about a year ago after thieves attempted to steal a car from his parents’ driveway.
Thanks to the 21-year-old’s foresight, the two men were caught on tape skulking around in the Courtyard area of the town.
After trying to open a few car doors, the duo can be seen attempting to break into a house and a garage.
He said: “I wasn’t really shocked to see it, actually, I just wish I was up when they came.
“I have six cameras set up around the house, including dad’s webcam, which shows the footage in colour.
“I keep it recording all the time. I spent about £400 on the cameras, but it’s definitely worth it if it catches people like this.”
Mr Bowen spotted the pair when reviewing footage from his cameras after his neighbour Stanley Corsar claimed his car had been broken into.
Mr Corsar said: “There wasn’t anything valuable taken, a couple of pounds from inside.
“I’ve been here 25 years and nothing has happened before.”
Neither of the two incidents have been reported to the police.
A police spokeswoman said: “If people have concerns or see any suspicious activity, please call the police on 101, or if it’s an emergency 999.”