Officers from Police Scotland are hailing the local contribution towards the success of a national initiative targeting housebreakings across Aberdeenshire and Moray.
The Operation RAC initiative which ran from November 2013 to March this year saw incidents of domestic housebreaking fall significantly during this period and also resulted in 78 people being arrested or charged with RAC-related crimes and warrants, property valued at £106,00 being recovered and involved staff from across the entire Aberdeenshire and Moray Division.
In addition £17,000 was also restrained under the terms of the Proceeds Of Crime Act.
DCI Alex Dowall said: “Operation RAC was a national initiative which has proved to be successful over the country however the results in Aberdeenshire and Moray have been excellent.
“There has been approximately 24% less crimes over this period and detections rates have increased by almost 17%.
“The increased scrutiny on reports on housebreaking will continue even after the national initiative ends and the public can be reassured that everything will be done to prevent these crimes and when they unfortunately occur we will use every investigative opportunity available to us to catch those responsible.
“We are fortunate that the fear of crime is very low across Aberdeenshire and Moray but that does not mean we can be complacent.
“A significant number of crimes have occurred across the area due to people not locking their front doors at night or locking their cars or garages.
“Taking these simple steps can help ensure you are not a victim to theses heartless criminals in the future.”