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28/09/2021

Police warn quad bike owners in Derry to watch out for thieves

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Police have urged quad bike owners to adopt appropriate crime prevention measures to minimise their risk of being targeted by thieves. Detective Inspector Bob Blemmings said: “Quad bikes and ATV (all-terrain vehicles) are among the items which are targeted by thieves. We have experienced a slight increase in incidents of thefts in recent weeks, and we’re appealing to owners to help us by protecting their vehicles.” In the rural environment good security is essential and is an effective deterrent against crime, here a few tips to help prevent theft - · Park as close to your premises as possible, preferably out of sight from nearby roads · Remove keys when not in use · Fit wheel clamps and/or locking posts or consider an alarm · Park larger vehicles in front of access doors to prevent easy access · Mark or customise your property so it is easily identifiable. This can deter thieves and assist recovery if they are stolen · Consider tracking devices for high value vehicles and machinery · Keep a record of all vehicles with photographs and serial numbers · Be a good neighbour, report suspicious activity to Police Police have also been working with our colleagues in the Rural Crime Partnership, and in May of this year, a subsidised support scheme, especially for people living in rural areas, was launched. The scheme aims to help tackle the growing number of quad and trailer theft by encouraging owners to fit an electronic tracking device to proactively deter theft and assist police with recovery should an item be stolen. To help combat the trend, RCP subsidises the cost of having a tracking device supplied and fitted to smaller items of agricultural equipment. For further information please contact pauline@dfctracker.co.uk. If you would further advice please contact your local crime prevention officer on the 101 number.

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