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Police vigilance following spate of thefts in Aberdeenshire

Police Scotland has urged the public to be vigilant following a recent spate of thefts in Aberdeenshire.

The thefts from unsecured vehicles and homes have mainly focused around the Garioch, Formartine and Marr areas.

Three suspects have been arrested however thieves have continued to target the areas.

Police are asking the public to make sure their cars and homes are locked and secured.

Insp Jon Millar, of the Garioch community policing team, said: "With the festive period bringing darker nights, householders need to take steps to discourage criminals.

"Keep your valuables out of sight and remember that a simple act such as keeping your car keys out of easy reach of your door can be a vital step in preventing a crime from taking place.

"Despite the recent arrests, there is still work to do and officers will continue to patrol local areas to tackle anti-social behaviour and provide reassurance to the public throughout the festive period."

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