Source: https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/17630121.police-issue-warning-over-rise-in-quad-bike-thefts/

Owners of All Terrain Vehicles have been warned by Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team about a rise in quad bikes being stolen in the last week.

The team has made a list of security measures to secure your vehicles.

  • Keep your vehicle in a lockable garage or building, remove the keys and keep them in a secure location out of view, not hidden on the vehicle and out of view of any windows.
  • Use a grip lock that locks the breaks on the machine to prevent it being moved without removal.
  • Physically secure your machine using suitable locking devices and fixed ground anchors secured to the floor using heavy duty security chains and padlocks.
  • Consider fitting isolating systems to machines that will prevent theft such as fuel and battery isolators.
  • Consider using additional brake locks to your machine.
  • Cover any windows to the building where your vehicle is kept.
  • Consider installing security lighting and CCTV with sensors and perimeter alarms on the building or premises.
  • Consider fitting battery operated alarms to sheds and buildings with the capacity to ring and text you should an intruder be present, these can be brought for as little as £50.
  • Get your machine marked with security marking scheme such as Datatag or CESAR.
  • Consider fitting immobilisers, VHF and GPS Tracking devices.
  • Why not contact your local dealer and ask them what they can do for you to prevent your vehicle from being stolen?
  • Insurance companies will often offer a discount to premiums with these types of measures.
  • Machines fitted and registered with certain security markings are four times less likely to be stolen and our six times more likely to be recovered if they are stolen.
  • Record machinery serial numbers and take photographs for reference.
  • Report suspicious vehicle or callers to police by calling 999 if the vehicle or occupants are seen committing crime or phone 101 or via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk if the vehicle is seen acting suspiciously.

To find out more information of what’s available to secure your quad or to arrange a bespoke crime prevention visit to your farm or rural premises please email the team directly at ruralcrimeteam@dorset.pnn.police.uk