Farmers must be 'vigilant' to deter thieves after quad bikes stolen
PUBLISHED: 15:18 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:17 20 October 2016
Police have warned farmers to be vigilant after six quad bikes were stolen.
Three quads were taken from an outbuilding in Axbridge and a red Honda quad was stolen from a farm near Cheddar overnight on October 13.
A further two were stolen on October 17 - one from near Taunton and the other from Bath.The red quad from Cheddar has now been recovered after the victim, who had the vehicle fitted with a tracking device, traced it to Weston-super-Mare.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary Rural Crime Team (RCT) inspector Joanna Mines urged farmers to ‘employ some relatively simple crime prevention methods’ to minimise the risk of further thefts.
She added: “Don’t leave the keys in the vehicle, use a combination key box if multiple people need access to them.
“Store them overnight in locked buildings, or box them in with other larger vehicles so they can’t be moved. If at all possible fit a tracker and/or an immobiliser.”
The RCT is appealing for anyone with information to contact 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.