DYFED-Powys Police is warning people to make sure security measures are in place to protect quad bikes, in response to a spate of thefts.
There were nine reports of stolen quad bikes in April, the highest figure recorded for Dyfed-Powys in a month in the last two years, with most thefts occurring in Carmarthenshire.
Farmers and other owners of quad bikes are reminded to be vigilant of suspicious vehicles and people in their community and to report any concerns to police.
Superintendent Robyn Mason, rural crime lead for Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “I ask that local farmers and other quad bike owners take appropriate action to minimise the opportunities of these thefts occurring. This includes removing keys from ignitions after use, locking barns or outbuildings wherever the quads may be kept.
“I’m aware that thefts of quad bikes and farming machinery causes disruption to farmers’ work, as well as the financial implications, and I would like to reassure the public that police are thoroughly investigating these matters.
“I encourage anyone living in rural communities to remain vigilant to this type of theft, and to report any suspicious vehicles or behaviour to police by phoning 101.”
Top tips to prevent a quad bike from being stolen:
Immobilise – Make sure you secure or immobilise your quads when not in use. Remember to remove keys when leaving them unattended.
Location – Try to avoid leaving quads unattended in fields especially near to roads. If you have to leave them, then try and park behind other machinery, equipment and out of sight.
Security – When you’re finished for the day, lock quads away in your most secure outbuilding or garage. If this isn’t possible, ensure it’s behind a locked gate to make things more difficult for thieves.
Track and Trace – Keep a record of any chassis or serial numbers. If the worst happens the more information you can provide, the better the chance of recovery. Consider using security marking kits to mark your property, and think about fitting a tracker or immobiliser.