Formartine Area Inspector Jamie Harrison has announced that total crime in the area is down 35% in comparison to the five year average.
He said: “I’m pleased to say that Formartine remains one of the safest places to live in Scotland.
“We have run several operations aimed at tackling my current priorities of Road Safety and Road Crime, Violence disorder and antisocial behaviour and acquisitive crime.
“These operations have included a road safety operation in Turriff, where my officers worked alongside Roads Policing officers and experts from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. This was successful and saw a number of people charged with road traffic offences and four vehicles effectively put off the road because they were mechanically unsafe.
“We ran an operation aimed at reducing violent crime by putting more officers on the beat during the evening at weekends, supported by local licensing standards officers. Again this was well received and helped to keep Formartine a safe place to socialise in.
“There have unfortunately been a couple of incidents where people have had property stolen from insecure homes and cars. I would remind people of the real importance of ensuring that doors are locked, even when you are in your homes as these opportunistic thieves are looking for any property that is insecure.
In the small hours of Thursday, March 19, a shop in Cuminestown was broken into and money taken from a cash machine. A dedicated enquiry team from the Criminal Investigation Department has been established to investigate this incident.
“I would urge anyone that hears any information about this incident, or who thinks they saw any suspicious people or vehicle in the area to contact Police.”
He added: “I am in the process of confirming what my priorities should be for the coming year.
“This is very much an ongoing process, but I am really keen to hear what the public thinks my priorities should be, or just let me know what concerns you at present.”
If you have any concerns please contact Jamie by emailing EllonDistrictCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk.