Police issue quad bike thefts warning

PCSO Sally Breen offers security advice about quad thefts.

Police say criminals are actively targeting quad bikes in the Richmondshire area.

owners are being urged to take precautions to prevent their quad or ATV from being stolen.

Inspector Martin Metcalfe said the area was not being targeted as much as other areas in North Yorkshire, but was still being targeted.

He added: “We need to do our best to prevent these thefts occurring.

“We’re working hard with neighbouring forces to keep thieves out and running daily proactive patrols to deter thefts and catch criminals. But there are steps owners can take to keep their vehicles safe:

“When you’re not using your quad, remove the keys and store them well away from the vehicle.

“I have personally found several quad bikes with keys left in the ignition when on patrol in Richmondshire, which is simply a theft waiting to happen. I really do appreciate it is a lot easier leaving the keys in the ignition, but please do not do this.

“Keep your quad bike out of sight and use devices such as steering locks, ball hitch or frame locks and wheel clamps that are bolted to the ground.”

Police are also advising owners to ensure that the building the machines are stored in is closed and padlocked.

Insp Metcalfe added: “Use trackers and immobilisers. Not only is this a deterrent but can also increase the chance of police recovering the stolen vehicle and identifying who to return it to.

“We have recovered several stolen quad bikes and other vehicles via the use of trackers, so these are vitally important and not very expensive now.

“Review your security and consider CCTV, this also works as a deterrent and great for overall security.

“Take a note of serial numbers and photograph your vehicles. Capture any unique identifying features.”#