An Aberdeen-wide police operation cracking down on bike theft has been extended due to its success.
Operation Lathe was launched at the start of June, targeting bike thieves and educating cyclists on how to keep their bikes secure.
And the crackdown, which was originally planned to run throughout June, has proved so successful it was extended for at least a further two weeks.
Between January and the start of May, 142 bicycles were reported stolen in Aberdeen, an average of around eight per week.
But police said this figure was more than halved in June, down to around three per week, with 29 bikes retrieved and 30 people arrested, some for multiple cases of bike thefts.
Sergeant David Cowie, who is leading the operation, said: “It’s been extremely successful, I think we’re pretty happy with the results. On average we were getting eight bikes a week, we’re much less than that now.”
A key aspect of the operation is ensuring people keep their bikes secure to deter thieves, something which Sgt Cowie said people were doing more and more.
Police have also been able to return some stolen bikes to their rightful owners.
Sgt Cowie said: “We’ve managed to reunite I think around six or seven people who have got their push bikes back, the youngest one being a 10-year-old kid who was just absolutely delighted to get his bike.
“We gave a bike back to a lady in her mid 20s to early 30s and we got the same reaction from her that we got from the 10-year-old. She just thought it was gone, she was never getting it back.
“The reason that we’re managing to get people their push bikes back is that they’ve taken notes of their serial numbers, they’ve taken pictures, they’ve marked it with a UV pen or the frame’s been stamped or there’s something unique about the bike.
“The more security steps that you take or the better you can describe your bike the better chance we’ve got of getting it back to you.”