Published: 22/01/2014 13:05 - Updated: 22/01/2014 10:26

Figures show less car crime in Moray

A crackdown on car crime has led to a 50% reduction in the amount of Moray and Aberdeenshire vehicles being stolen in the past year.

Figures show 22 less cars were stolen in both areas between October and December last year compared to the same period in 2012, a reduction of 52%, with all being recovered.

On Wednesday, police officers from across the North-east are delivering crime prevention leaflets to areas that have been adversely affected by opportunistic thieves.

The leaflet also urges members of the public to be vigilant and to take simple security measures to protect their property.

Police Scotland say a number of vehicles stolen in the area have been taken from insecure properties and they are urging the public to help deter opportunistic thieves by locking doors and windows and keeping keys out of sight and reach.

Keeping keys and valuables on tables in hallways or near doors allowing access to properties is a common occurrence, but avoiding leaving them in such places can prevent crime, officers advise.

Detective Superintendent Martin Dunn said: "Car crime and theft continues to be a concern in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, and we are doing all that we can to tackle this problem.

"We have deployed additional resources to conduct patrols in affected areas and continue to make use of all resource and specialist units available to Police Scotland."

He said only a small number of people in the area are responsible for car crime and police were doing what they can to catch them and put them in court.

"We work closely with a number of partners including those within the criminal justice system, to help develop and support crime prevention tactics that will hopefully help divert or prevent those responsible from becoming recidivist offenders," he added.

"The public have a part to play in our fight against car crime by following simple security measures such as locking doors and windows and keeping keys out of easy reach of opportunistic thieves.

"The leaflets we are distributing with the assistance of the City Wardens provide basic crime prevention advice and encourages anyone with information that may help us detect a crime or catch an offender to contact us."

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