Posted on 1st November 2016
Quad bike owners in the Derbyshire Dales are being encouraged to get their security into gear following recent thefts.
Sometime overnight between 8pm on Wednesday, October 26 and 7am the following morning, thieves forced the lock of a barn off Main Road in Wardlow.
Once inside, they made off with a green coloured Yamaha quad bike and an orange KTM dirt bike.
A red Honda TRX quad bike was stolen from a farm in Blackwell after offenders forced the shed lock and cut a security chain securing the bike. The theft is believed to have taken place at around 1.45am on Thursday, October 27.
Thieves also attempted to steal a quad bike from a farm in Hartington
Following the incidents, officers from the area’s Safer Neighbourhood teams, are encouraging quad owners to take steps to further protect their valuables from thieves.
PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We are encouraging residents living in the rural, farming communities to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to us so that we can help to stop criminals in their tracks.
“Make sure that you secure and immobilise vehicles when not in use and store them away in a secure building with a quality lock. Also, consider using heavy duty locks and chains to further secure the quad bike inside a barn or garage.
“Ensure that any vehicle or building keys are kept out of sight and always mark property with a fluid such as SmartWater to deter thieves and help us to return any items that are stolen and later recovered.
“Restrict access to your farm land and property with locked gates and ensure that any outbuildings are also properly secure.”
For further crime prevention advice, or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call 101 or send them a message here
Anyone with information about the above crimes is asked to contact PCSO Anthony Boswell on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.