in Burnham-On-Sea area warned over spate of quad bike thefts
have this week urged farmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be extra
vigilant after five quad bikes were stolen from farms in Cheddar
and Axbridge and a further two from other parts of Somerset.
the past week, a blue Yamaha was removed from a farmyard in Stretcholt,
three quads were taken from an outbuilding near Axbridge and a red
Honda quad was stolen from a farm outbuilding near Cheddar.
the latter was fitted with a tracking device, which the victim was
able to activate via their tracking company. Officers were able
to trace the vehicle to Weston-Super-Mare and have since returned
it to its owner.
Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team, said: "I know we repeat
the message regularly regarding fitting tracking devices and I do
realise that there is a cost element, which can be prohibitive to
some people. However, out of all the quads stolen we have been able
to locate and return the vehicle where a device was fitted, working
and activated. This obviously also aids our investigation."
bikes are attractive to thieves, so I would ask owners to make sure
they employ some relatively simple crime prevention methods to minimise
the risk of losing their vehicle and make life harder for thieves."
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 cant be
moved. If at all possible fit a tracker and/or an immobiliser."
Rural Crime Team is now investigating the thefts and appealing for
information from the public.
Mines continued: "If you have any information as to who may
have been responsible for any of these thefts, please get in touch
with the Rural Crime Team."
pass on information call the 101 number. Alternatively you can contact
the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never
ask your name or trace your call.