Officers 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.
Local Sergeant Mike Stobie said: “We know offenders from areas outside Kincardine and Mearns have recently been travelling into our community’s intent on stealing from business premises and private properties. At this time of year we also know that motor cycles, quad bikes, farm machinery and other valuable property can be targeted.
“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.”
Sergeant Stobie added: “Aberdeenshire remains one of the safest places in the country and residents can be reassured that we’re determined to keep it that way. But we need help and I urge people to ensure they take the basic steps of locking their property and vehicles and reporting any suspicious activity immediately. You can call Police 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.”
The operation, which began last week, will run throughout the coming weeks and months.