A local initiative to target retail crime on the approach to the festive period has been launched by police in Fraserburgh.
The operation will look to tackle thefts from shops in the run-up to Christmas.
Fraserburgh sergeant Ronnie Kain said: "In the run-up to Christmas retail businesses obviously anticipate higher footfall and trade as people do their Christmas shopping, however retail crime can also increase as well.
"Retail crime has a big impact on businesses and their owners, particularly with family run, independent shops. It is not a victimless crime.
"Over the next three weeks officers will be visiting retailers to give suitable advice on how to prevent and deter retail crime. We will give advice on use of CCTV, keeping takings secure and cashing up and taking proceeds to the bank regularly, but at random times and we will also give advice about general security of their premises.
"At various points over the run up to the festive period and over the Christmas shopping time officers will carry out high visibility patrols in the shopping areas of Fraserburgh to provide reassurance and to deter any offenders.
"Retailers will be encouraged to be vigilant and to take simple measures to protect themselves but where crimes are committed we will be strong in our action.
"Shoplifters will be charged and will be put to court.
"We realise there is pressure on people at this time of year however committing crime is not the answer. Those who do commit crime will be dealt with."