Police are warning rural residents in Aberdeenshire to remain vigilant following a theft of a trailer and plant machinery from a property near Huntly, Aberdeenshire. The incident occurred between 5 pm on Monday 10 January and 8.30 am on Tuesday 11 January 2022. Items stolen from the driveway of the property include a Challenger Trailer, towable cement mixer and Nilfisk Diesel pressure washer.
North East Division Crime Reduction Officer, Richard Russell said ‘It is good to take a minute and consider the security of your home, farm or business. If you think the security can easily be overcome then so will a thief.
CCTV is a useful tool but it must be remembered that CCTV on its own is not a deterrent to criminality and should always be combined with appropriate physical security. Fit lighting to illuminate outbuildings, courtyards and house. Thieves do not like to be seen.
All vehicles and plant of any sort should be secured with the keys safe in your possession or locked in a key cupboard. If the property is high value consider fitting a tracking device or data-tracking chip. Consider marking or customising your trailer etc. so they are easily identifiable and keep photographs of the property along with any serial numbers.
A complete guide to ‘Security in the Rural Environment’ can be accessed from the Police Scotland website
Anyone with information can contact the Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference PS-20220111-0701.
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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.