Police are reminding people in the North-east to be vigilant about the security of pedal cycles during the festive season.
It follows a spate of recent thefts in the area.
Constable Kevin Murray, of the Aberdeen City Division Crime Reduction Unit, said: “Recently there have been incidents where pedal cycles have been stolen while secured to common stair bannisters within a block of flats, from garages and sheds which have been broken into and from gardens where bikes have been left lying and unsecured.”
Police Scotland Crime Reduction Unit want to emphasise the seriousness of the crime and the importance of securing pedal cycles, not only when they are left on the streets, but also when they are put away within sheds or garages.
Cycles, due to their individual styles and varying designs, are always attractive to opportunist thieves and can be easy targets if owners do not take the time to secure them properly.
Constable Murray added: “Areas where bikes can be stolen from include common stairwells, sheds and garages and as such I would ask members of the public to act upon the advice given.
“If your bike is stored in a common stairwell make sure your door entry system is working, don’t let strangers into the stairwell, don’t leave the front door wedged open, make sure the back door is locked and lock your bike with two locks to a secure banister or ground anchor preferably using a D lock or thick cable lock.”
If you have information regarding bike theft contact Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous.