Police Scotland have appealed for information after thieves made off with a trailer from the Glenkindie area of Donside.
The theft is believed to have happened between 10am on Thursday, October 9, and 9am on Monday, October 13, at a farmyard in the Glenkindie area of Alford.
A two-wheeled galvanised steel trailer with mesh sides and back was stolen with an estimated value of a mid-three-figure sum of money.
Officers are keen to trace anyone who was seen in the vicinity and was acting suspiciously during this time.
Police Scotland have issued specific advice after a recent spate of similar thefts in the area.
A spokesperson said: “Park your trailer up within a secure yard in a well-lit area and do not leave valuables inside. Consider installing an alarm, it can cost as little as £2.
“Consider using two wheel clamps or attach a heavy duty chain through the trailer towing arms and secure this to an object that cannot be moved.
“Park your vehicle across the trailer or in front of it, nose to nose preventing another vehicle from accessing the hitch and secure your own vehicle as well.
“Fit a tracker, they have come down dramatically in price and can be linked and operated from your mobile phone.
“Consider making your trailer personalised by fitting a logo.
“Forensic water is a method whereby a pen is used to apply an invisible paint to both the inside and the outside of your trailer and if your trailer is stolen and then located, the paint has a unique special code which will identify it as being yours.”
Keeping a note of your trailer’s serial number is also advised. Anyone with information to assist the police or have been offered a steel trailer for sale, should contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.