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Constable Iain Meggatt with the information leaflet
Constable Iain Meggatt with the marker pen & information leaflet. Photo: Press & Journal

Police targeted part of a North-east town plagued by thieves as part of a crime-prevention drive at the weekend.

Special constables delivered ultraviolet marker pens and leaflets containing security tips to homes in the Whinhill Terrace area of Banff.

The aim is to reduce the number of housebreakings and sneak-in thefts, which have been higher than normal in recent months.

Banff-based Inspector David Nicoll said:

"While we do not want to raise the fear of crime in the area, we need to highlight these issues and provide some crime-prevention advice. Some of these crimes could have been prevented if basic security measures had been put in place."

The weekend exercise was organised as part of the Safer Scotland campaign, and was backed by the Banff & District Community Safety Group. Insp Nicoll said:

"We are delighted the group assisted us in this project by purchasing the UV security marker pens."

Another part of the campaign was launched in the Banff area earlier this month to highlight the problems of buying and selling goods that may be stolen.

Licensees in the local Pubwatch scheme are displaying posters and using beer mats to warn customers of the risks of buying bargain goods in bars.

Buying stolen goods, or reset, is often carried out in licensed premises, including pubs, car parks and at car-boot sales.

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