Police Scotland has launched a national campaign to tackle housebreaking across the country.
Operation RAC will be implemented in various areas to identify those responsible for break-ins and thefts and bring them to justice.
Since April 1st Police Scotland has provided dedicated resources to communities to tackle crimes of violence, sexual assaults and domestic abuse and as a result, greater numbers of these offences are being reported and solved.
During this time, the Force has observed an overall increase of around four per cent in housebreaking, with a number of areas reporting greater levels of crime than the national average.
As part of Police Scotland’s commitment to community engagement, housebreaking has been identified as a local priority for certain regions and these divisions will now be provided with additional resources and support to address the issue.
The operation will initially run within Edinburgh, Forth Valley, the Lothians and Scottish Borders, Fife, Highlands and Islands, Aberdeenshire and Moray, Aberdeen city and Lanarkshire.
In each location, dedicated policing teams have been created to exclusively investigate housebreakings within homes, outbuildings and businesses and apprehend the individuals responsible.
Housebreaking offences will continue to be monitored and extra support will be provided to any area requiring a more robust response to tackle the issue.