Quad bikes targeted by burglars

27 Jul 2016 10:22 AM

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Police are reminding farmers to be on their guard against quad bike thieves after 16 were reported stolen in the last three months in Northumberland.

Since April officers have had nearly £70,000 worth of quad bikes reported as stolen across rural areas including Alnwick, Morpeth, Wark, Ponteland and Prudhoe. Of these two were recovered after being abandoned by thieves nearby, but another was later found burnt out.

Police are stepping up patrols in these areas and are speaking to farmers to remind them to take precautions to prevent further thefts.

This comes as officers in Northern Area Command continue to target thieves during their burglary week of action.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: "We know how much the farming community rely on their quad bikes on a daily basis to get around their land. Having a vital piece of equipment stolen can cause real hardship. So we're asking the rural community to be alert, use the Farmwatch network and keep their property safe and secure.

"Tackling rural crime is a key priority for us and we're committed to doing everything we can to target criminals who operate in our area. We're also asking the rural community to play their part by to reporting any suspicious activity to police straightaway.

"Rural Northumberland covers a huge area and unfortunately thieves will travel long distances to look for opportunities to steal  property including quad bikes.

"It's important local people continue to help us and themselves by protecting their homes, businesses and properties from thieves."

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