Police Scotland is reminding the public to remain vigilant against opportunistic thieves as the darker nights approach and following recent reports of housebreaking and thefts in the region.
While police remain dedicated to tackling acquisitive crime members of the public are being reminded to make it difficult for further thefts to take place.
Chief Inspector Elaine Logue said: "With the change of season bringing darker nights we are encouraging householders to take steps to discourage criminals by ensuring that their cars and homes are locked and secured.
"Plan ahead and remember that it may be dark when you leave and return from work. Simple measures such as having lights on timer switches can make your home look occupied and deter would be thieves.
"Always keep your valuables out of sight and remember that a simple act such as keeping your car keys out of easy reach of your door can be a vital step in preventing a crime from taking place.
"Officers will continue to patrol local areas to provide reassurance to the public but I would urge anyone to call police if they see anything unusual, concerning or suspicious. Let us decide whether the activity is criminal.
"Anyone who witnesses anyone acting suspiciously in their area is advised to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous. In an emergency always dial 999."