Posted on 28th May 2015
Police are appealing for information following quad bike thefts from across the Hope Valley.
Over the last week, officers have received reports of quad bikes being stolen from farms and rural buildings, with the most recent being reported last night. The incident saw a child's 50CC Suzuki quad bike being stolen from a barn at a farm in Mill Bridge, Castleton.
Overnight between 6pm on Wednesday, May 27 and 7.40am on Thursday, May 28, thieves entered a farm outbuilding in Peak Forest, Buxton. Offenders cut through a padlock and chain securing a red coloured Honda quad bike, before making off with the vehicle. (CR/22322/15)
A red Yamaha quad bike was also stolen after thieves forced a heavy duty padlock from a farm outbuilding on Eldon Lane in Peak Forest. The incident took place between 9pm on Friday, May 22 and 8.30am on Saturday, May 23. (CR/21582/15)
On the same evening, thieves stole a Honda TRX 500 quad bike from a farm in Shatton, Bamford. (CR/21588/15)
Following the incidents, Safer Neighbourhood officers across the Hope Valley are asking residents living in the rural communities to be extra vigilant and to report anyone acting suspiciously in the area.
Simple steps to protecting your property from thieves include:
- Secure and immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use;
- Store vehicles in a secured building, if possible secured to the ground or wall;
- Avoid leaving quad bikes and ATVs unattended;
- Secure keys out of sight;
- Mark property with farm name and postcode, use a UV pen, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking;
- Restrict access to your farm land and property with locked gates;
- Consider joining your local Farm Watch scheme (to join, call 101).
For further crime prevention advice, or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.
Anyone with any information about the above crimes is asked to call police on 101, quoting the crime number mentioned above. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.