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Vehicle Crime

Alert message sent 04/10/2021 13:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Police are asking residents in the Aberdeen area to be vigilant following several incidents over the weekend of vehicles being entered and stolen.

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer PC Irvine said ‘It sounds simple but always lock your car. This is the simplest way to keep your car safe. Get into the habit of locking the car every time you leave it. Also, make sure windows are properly closed and NEVER leave the spare key within the vehicle.’

Never leave items on show as an invitation – Mobile phones, electronic equipment, coins, sunglasses, tools, clothing and bags should be removed from the vehicle whenever possible or placed in the boot.

Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended – on the drive, the petrol station forecourt or when parking, an unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from.
Keep your driving and vehicle documents safe & not in your car.

If you have a garage use it. If you park on a driveway, close & lock any gates.

On cold mornings, don’t leave your car unattended with the engine running while it warms up.

Double check: Don’t just listen out for the sound of your doors locking, check for your lights flashing and/or mirrors closing. Better still, check the door handle!

Cars fitted with immobilisers can’t be hotwired. This means that keys are needed to drive your car. Keep your keys safe. Don’t leave them in the lock of your front door, or on the kitchen counter. When you are out, keep them with you at all times.

This messaging system is not for reporting crime as responses are not monitored 24/7.  If you have time-critical information regarding the content of the above message, or if you wish to report any other non-urgent matter, please call 101.  In an emergency, call 999.

 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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Mark Irvine (Police, Constable - Crime Reduction, North East Division)

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