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Crime prevention reminder after quad bike thefts

07 Apr 2017 09:40 AM

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Police are issuing advice after three quad bikes have been stolen in the Tynedale and Craster areas of Northumberland.

The first was stolen from a farm shed in Ealingham area of Hexham. The red Honda quad was taken overnight between 9pm on Tuesday, April 4, and 7am on Wednesday, April 5. Crime reference 202 050417.

Another quad was stolen from a farm building in East Heddon, on Heddon On The Wall, again overnight between 5pm on Wednesday, April 5, and 7am on Thursday, April 6. Thieves forced the lock to gain entry and steal the quad. Crime reference 130 06/04/17

A third incident happened at a farm in Craster, a red Honda quad was stolen from a shed on Thursday, April 6, at approximately 4.30pm. Crime reference 843 06/04/17.

Now police are urging all quad bike owners to take extra precautions to help prevent further crimes.

Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges said: "We want to remind people to make sure they keep their quad bikes secure when not being used.

"We know that if they get the opportunity thieves will sneak-in and steal quads, as they are valuable pieces of farm machinery. Their loss can cause the farming community real hardship as they are seen as essential by most farmers and used on a day-to-day basis.

"I'd urge owners to make sure they remove the ignition keys when they park up and keep their quads secure when not in use.

"Do think about crime prevention in your premises and don't make easy for thieves to steal from you. Please ensure your quad is secure at all times, identifiable and follow the crime prevention steps below.

"We're also asking members of the rural community to report any suspicious activity to us so we can do all we can to stop thieves in their tracks."

Anyone with information about any of the thefts is asked to contact police on 101 and quote the relevant crime reference number.

Police are also advising farmers to keep an eye out for stray quads or other pieces of farming machinery they may spot in unusual places, as thieves are known to steal a piece of machinery and hide it on the land so they can come back later when it's quiet to spirit it away.

Top tips to prevent quad bike theft:

Remove the ignition key from the bike when you're not on it

Don't leave your quad in the open, keep it indoors

Make sure the building you use is secure and consider installing a ground security device

Keep vehicle keys in a locked area and out of plain sight from a door or window

Park your quad next to a wall and behind a bigger piece of machinery - to make it more difficult to steal

Consider fitting a tracker type device on it - most insurers will give you a discount on your insurance premium for doing so

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For further crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website, http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/rural_and_farm_crime/