Both homes and business premises have been targeted in Tayside over the past six months.
In one incident earlier this month alone, in Pitochry a garage at a property in Pitlochry was broken into and Santa Cruz Bullet E-bike, valued at £7000, a green and yellow Giant Trance E-bike worth £4000, and a black Giant mountain bike worth £2500 were taken, along with spare batteries and chargers.
To help combat this kind of theft and to make sure bikes are returned to their owners when recovered, Police Scotland's Tayside Division is urging people to make sure they mark their property, and details can also be registered free at the national bike register database https://www.bikeregister.com/.
In addition, bikes should be stored securely and it is recommended that if they are in garages or sheds the frame should be locked to a fixed object, such as the floor.
Sergeant Rob Southern said: “Theft can be heart-breaking for bike owners, especially those who have spent a lot of money. E-bikes in particular are a target, and I am urging people to take the security of their property seriously.
“Marking and registering it vital. Many of these bikes are recovered but we cannot return them to their owners if we don’t know who they belong to.”
Information about any theft can be reported by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.