Police Scotland are appealing for people to double check their security arrangements following a weekend where a number of opportunist thefts occurred across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
Inspector Ian McKinnon from Northeast Division stated "These offences were spread out across the Division and are not linked in any way other than the fact they may have been preventable.
We are always sympathetic to people who have had property stolen. Thefts can range from simply being inconvenient when a pushbike, car or wallet is stolen to being heartbreaking if it is something precious or irreplaceable.
"We always do our utmost to catch those responsible, but from experience, we know that it makes it 100 times worse for the owner when they suddenly realise the culprit did this without having to break in to their house or car, having simply walked through or entered an unlocked door.
"We just want to try and prevent this happening. Our advice is to lock your house, whether you are inside or not. Always lock your car, and don't leave items on open display. Keep property with you when visiting gyms or similar, or utilise locker facilities provided.
"Finally, always secure your pushbike with a good quality lock, regardless of how long you will be away from it for.
"I can assure you that it can be that simple to lock out crime and protect your property."
The Police Scotland website has lots of tips and information for making your property more secure. You can also contact your local Community Policing Team from there for advice