A local initiative to target retail crime on the approach to the festive period has been launched by police in Aberdeen today.
The operation will look to tackle thefts from shops in the Tillydrone and Seaton areas.
Over the next 10 days, officers will be visiting retailers to give suitable advice on how to prevent and deter retail crime, including advice on CCTV and general security of their premises.
Officers will also carry out high visibility patrols in the key shopping areas to provide reassurance and to deter any offenders.
Sergeant Rae Christie, of Seaton Police Station, said: "On the run up to Christmas, retail businesses
obviously anticipate higher footfall and trade as people do their Christmas shopping, however retail crime can also increase.
"This type of crime has a big impact on businesses and their owners, particularly with family run, independent shops. It is not a victimless crime.
"We realise there is pressure on people at this time of year, however committing crime is not the answer and we will deal with shoplifters robustly.
"I would encourage retailers to be vigilant and to take the appropriate measures to protect themselves and their premises.
“Whilst we’re out on patrols, I would also encourage members of the community to feel free to approach us and speak to us about any concerns they have about retail crime, or indeed, the local community, and to pass on any information they have."
Anyone with concerns about retail crime should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you prefer to remain anonymous.