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Make sure your vehicle is safe AFTER DARK


High value cars are particularly vulnerable to theft and criminals will often commit a housebreaking to obtain the true key of the vehicle. Where possible park vehicles inside a garage. Secure the keys inside your property out of sight. 

Avoid leaving them in obvious locations such as the hallway table or kitchen. Never leave valuables in your car.

Keyless Theft or Relay Theft involves criminals using hand held technology to identify whether a parked car has keyless entry. If the car ‘key’ is close enough the criminals can amplify the signal and send it to a transmitter which acts as the true key and opens the car allowing it to be driven off. Keep keys and fobs well away from doors and windows and purchase a signal blocker wallet to keep them in.

Continued problems with the supply of spare parts for certain vehicle manufacturers is leading to many stolen vehicles going to 'chop shops' and being stripped for parts. Theses parts are being sold online or going abroad. Please be very wary if purchasing second hand parts online as high demand and short supply is also leading to criminals advertising parts for sale that do not exist.

Last week an Aberdeenshire resident was victim to an online fraud when he ordered a second hand diesel engine which was never delivered.

Follow our simple crime reduction advice in the attached leaflet to stay safe AFTER DARK.


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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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Michael Urquhart
(Police Scotland, PC, A Div - North East Crime Reduction Team)

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