Turriff and District Area Police Report from Formartine Community Inspector Jamie Harrison
I’m really pleased to say that we continue to experience low levels of crime in Turriff. One ongoing issue we have though is criminals travelling from Aberdeen to the Shire where they will target what they perceive to be ‘soft’ targets. They will try house and car doors until they find one unlocked and then will steal from within, looking mostly to get keys for performance cars. We are lucky in that we are not often targeted by these people, however in recent months there have been crimes in Ellon and very recently doors were tried in the Methlick/ Ythanbank area.
We were able to apprehend the people we believe responsible for some of these crimes and thankfully there have not been further incidents. However this is a crime type that is used by a large number of criminals so I would urge everyone to take some basic security measures. Please ensure that you lock your house and vehicle, particularly at night. Don’t leave valuables on open display in your car and don’t leave vehicle keys in obvious or visible places near to entrance doors. I would also urge the community to contact police on the numbers below if you see anyone or any vehicle acting suspiciously in your community.
Another ongoing issue that is of concern to the community is online safety. I am often asked for advice with specific concerns involving children becoming the victims of online crime and members of the community who can be less knowledgeable about IT issues and may fall victim to online Scams.
Over the next few days we will be publishing safety information provided by Inspector Harrison that may be useful to parents and to internet users in general.
You can contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency or to remain anonymous telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.