Lothian and Borders police
issued the warning to owners of particularly high priced cars as four expensive cars were stolen in the west of Edinburgh since May 15.
The cars, stolen from addresses in Kaimes Road, Gillespie Road, Saughtonhall Drive and Traquair Park East were a BMW, an Audi, a Range Rover and a Mercedes.
The value of these thefts exceeds £141,000 (US$209,000).
Police also warned that in each theft the cars have been taken using the correct keys and that the owners homes have been broken into first and the keys stolen.
A Lothian and Borders spokesperson said, “Thieves will look for any opportunity to profit at your expense and the best way to prevent them doing so is to make sure they cannot easily access your property. When parking a vehicle, ensure you do so in a well-lit area, which you are able to monitor. Within your home, check that all windows and doors are locked before going to bed or heading out and keep valuables and car keys out of plain sight. If you own a high-value vehicle then consider the installation of a tracker device. By following these steps, you can go some way to stopping thieves making you a victim of crime.”
Police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding each of the thefts and ask anyone with information to contact them on 0131 311 3131 or anonymously via charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.