POLICE are appealing for witnesses following several reported break-ins and thefts from vehicles in the Gardenstown, Rosehearty and Pennan areas.
A number of garages and vehicles were targeted between Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4 and officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything unusual or suspicious.
In particular officers would like to hear from anyone who saw a dark-coloured vehicle in the area.
They would also ask that residents in the area check their vehicles, garages or outbuildings to make sure there is nothing untoward and report anything unusual to police.
Area Inspector Megan Heathershaw said: "Because the Banff and Buchan area is typically a low crime area, sometimes complacency creeps in and the residents in our communities feel that they can leave their garages, sheds, vehicles and even their homes unlocked.
"Although crime is low we have to take basic precautions to ensure we continue to enjoy the high quality of life we have been accustomed to in Banff and Buchan.
"Always lock your vehicles and garages and don’t leave anything of value in your cars and certainly not in view.
"Vehicles should be parked in well-lit areas and car alarms should always be used. Good lighting around your home and garages is also recommended."
People any information in relation to these incidents or have seen anything suspicious can call Police Scotland on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency. If they want to remain anonymous phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.