Following a period of sustained cold weather Police Scotland has highlighted car and home security advice to residents in the North East.
Motorists are reminded not to leave their vehicles unattended while attempting to defrost their car windows.
They are also advised to park in well lit areas and to remove valuables from display.
Chief Inspector Richard Craig said
It may be tempting to start your car and leave the engine running while the windows clear and you continue to get ready inside in the warm but this offers an opportunity for thieves. Even for a very short period, please do not leave your vehicle unlocked while preparing for a journey
We are encouraging people to do everything they can to prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.
This includes making sure your vehicles and homes are locked even when you are at home and remain vigilant to any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.
If you see anything unusual please report it to the police on 101 and allow us to follow it up.
In addition, we would ask that if you are leaving your home unoccupied if you have them, set alarms and use light timer switches. Consider fitting external security lighting and make sure all garden tools and ladders are locked away when not in use. Make a note of all makes, models and serial numbers of your valuable property.