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Public urged to review home security after four vehicles stolen in one night

Alert message sent 14/05/2019 14:04:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Officers in Aberdeen are urging the public to be vigilant and review their home security measures following the theft of four vehicles overnight in Aberdeen.

Sometime in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 14 May 2019) a black Vauxhall Mokka with registration SP63 KKV, a blue Peugeot 3008 registration KN17 SBV and a black KTM 650 motorbike registration SF08 NUJ were all taken from a property in the Salisbury Terrace area in the West end of Aberdeen.

A yellow / orange mini cooper with registration SW14 BUU was also stolen from the Hardgate area of the city.

Enquiries remain ongoing into these incidents.

Detective Sergeant John Lumsden said: “We have had a number of car theft incidents over the last few weeks and with four vehicles taken in one night we really need the public to assist us.

“These vehicles have been stolen opportunistically by thieves trying house doors, finding one that is unlocked, entering, finding keys for vehicles and using them to steal them.

“Our messages have been consistent. To avoid being the victim of such crimes ensure you lock your vehicle when you leave it unattended, lock your doors and windows to your house, especially overnight, and keep your car keys in a safe place, preferably not next to the front door.

“Thieves will spend time when most people are asleep trying to find an unlocked door and then take what they can. To avoid becoming the victim of this type of crime lock your doors and don’t put valuables, including car keys, on open display.

“It can take a thief seconds to enter an unlocked property, steal keys and drive a vehicle away and the owner will only realise when they next go to drive the vehicle and find it’s not there.

“I can give reassurance that where vehicles are reported stolen we use all available means open to us to recover them. It can be several hours between a vehicle being stolen and it being reported to police so any sightings or any information about suspicious activity can be really important. I would encourage anyone with information that they think is relevant, no matter how small, to call us.”

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting references 0671 of 14 May for Salisbury Terrace and reference 0953 of 14 May for the Mini Cooper.

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 Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.
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