Wiltshire Police are warning the public that they have seen an increase of ATV and Quad bikes thefts across the county lately.
With this in mind they are asking people to consider the security their vehicle and follow the advice below. Trackers in particular DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Last week one quad bike stolen and recovered within a few hours due to the tracker fitted.
• Keep your vehicle in a lockable garage or building and make sure you remove the keys and keep them in a secure location and out of view, not hidden on the vehicle and out of view of any windows.
• Cover any windows in the garage or shed where the vehicle is kept, this will prevent the thief seeing what is inside.
• Use a grip lock that locks the breaks on the machine to prevent it being moved without removal.
• Physically secure your machine using suitable locking devices and fixed ground anchors secured to the floor using heavy duty security chains and padlocks.
• Consider fitting isolating systems to machines that will prevent theft such as fuel and battery isolators.
• Consider using additional brake locks to your machine.
• Cover any windows to the building where your vehicle is kept this will prevent any persons looking through the windows.
• Consider installing security lighting and CCTV with sensors and PIR Alarms on the perimeter of the building or premises.
• Get your machine marked with security marking scheme such as Datatag or CESAR.
• Consider fitting immobilizers, VHF and GPS Tracking devices.
• Why not contact your local dealer and ask them what they can do for you to prevent your vehicle from being stolen.
• Insurance companies will often offer a discount to premiums with these types of measures. Machines fitted and registered with security markings are 4 times less likely to be stolen and our 6 times more likely to be recovered if they are stolen.
• Record machinery serial numbers and take photographs for reference. If the machine is ever stolen a photo will increase publicity prospects and recovery of the machine.
If you have any information please call Wiltshire Police on 101 or if you wish to remain ANONYMOUS please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111