POLICE Scotland is appealing for information following several opportunistic crimes in the Huntly area in recent weeks, including the theft of a three-figure sum of money from a charity donation box.
A low three-figure sum of cash was taken after the charity tin was forced open at Leith Hall, Kennethmont, between September 8 and 21.
Local officers have also received reports of the theft of three pushbikes from various addresses in the area including Deveron Road, Depot Road and Clashmach Drive and the theft of electrical equipment from Depot Road. In the majority of cases the items were taken from insecure sheds.
A theft from an insecure car in the Church Street area was also reported to Police on the morning of September 25.
PC Mark Paton said: "Huntly is generally an extremely safe area to live with low levels of this type of crime which makes these incidents very disappointing.
"Crimes of this nature will not be tolerated and efforts are ongoing to trace those responsible and to recover the stolen items, however I must appeal to the public to be on their guard at all times - whether you are at home or out - of acquisitive crime.
"Please ensure your valuables are always locked and secure as often we find that garages or sheds have been left insecure, giving criminals the perfect chance to steal your property. In many cases they are simply trying doors until they find one unlocked so please don’t make it easy for them.
"Tackling acquisitive crime is a priority for police across the North East and day-in day-out we target a large amount of resources to prevent such crimes from happening in the first place. No matter where you live no one can be complacent so please, please ensure your homes, garages and sheds are always secure and that your vehicles are locked.
"Anyone with information can contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous."