Officers are advising the public to be wary when advertising motorcycles and vehicles for sale on social media sites following a number of thefts over the last few months.
Since the middle of May, three motorbikes, three quad bikes, two electric bicycles, a mini motorbike and a Landrover Discovery have been stolen from a variety of locations in Aberdeenshire, namely Strachan near Banchory, Udny near Ellon, Whitecairns, Laurencekirk, Kingswells and Westhill.
Two men aged 27 and 24 appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court recently in relation to the alleged theft of two electric bicycles from a property at Kingswells. Enquiries are currently ongoing into the other thefts.
Detective Sergeant John Lumsden said:
"As a result of these incidents I would like to advise anyone thinking of posting details about motorbikes or vehicles for sale on social media to be wary of disclosing locations and personal information.
"I would suggest providing rough indications of location and be mindful when photographing items for sale. Taking photographs in your driveway could assist a thief identify your home. Another option is photographing your vehicle elsewhere, for example in a public car park or location which doesn’t identify where you live.
"Two men are due to appear in court having been charged in relation to the theft in Kingswells. Our enquiries into the other incidents are currently ongoing however we are treating them as linked.
"If anyone recalls seeing unusual or suspicious behaviour in any of the areas targeted I would ask that they call Police Scotland on 101 with this information which can be passed to Aberdeen CID.
"Similarly if anyone has recently had items for sale online and experienced any suspicious activity after posting the advert then please also call in with details."
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Alistair MacKenzie (Partnerships and Events, North East Division, Police Scotland)