Police are launching a new initiative to crack down on motorcycle thefts in Midlothian and East Lothian.
Over the last few weeks, there has been an unusually high number of thefts of on-road and off-road motorcycles within the East Lothian and Midlothian areas.
These thefts range from motorcycles being stolen whilst secured on the street to garages and huts being broken into and the motorcycles taken from inside.
Owners should ensure that their motorcycles are secure and that they have adequate measures in place to keep them safe.
People are also being warned to be sure that the bike they are buying is not stolen, and if they suspect that it may be, they should contact police with the details.
Police Sergeant Gordon Millar said:
With this initiative we want to make all motorcycle owners aware of the recent thefts and also the best ways to secure their motorbikes.
We’d also like to encourage people to contact police if they see anyone on off-road motorcycles or driving on the road without adequate motorcycle equipment such as leathers, gloves and helmets, or any other obvious signs that may suggest that the rider may not be the owner of the motorcycle.