|Do you have sheds, barns, garages or outbuildings containing valuable equipment such as quad bikes, power tools, gardening equipment or farm machinery?|
Do not confront suspects and call the police on 999 immediately if a crime is in progress. There have been a series of burglaries of outbuildings occurring overnight and in the early hours of the morning in rural districts. The suspects are targeting quad bikes, ATVs and any tools of value such as chain saws, hedge cutters and leaf blowers.
The police believe many of these thefts are connected to organised crime groups who are exporting stolen quad bikes abroad. This shows a level of planning by the criminals, so being aware and reporting suspicious vehicles and people is really important.
They would like to assure residents that they are taking this type of crime extremely seriously and that they are conducting patrols in rural areas. but we would urge anyone to ensure as far as possible to secure and alarm their buildings and property mark their equipment. Consider installing CCTV, tracker devices, automatic security lights and intruder alarm systems.
“Rural crime is a priority for us and we will continue to relentlessly pursue suspects. The community are our eyes and ears and we encourage you to report all incidents as soon as you are able to by calling 101 if it’s not an emergency. If it’s happening there and then, always call 999.
“You can also report suspicious activity online (if it’s not an emergency) by visiting our website www.hampshire.police.uk or clicking on this link: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/
Please take note of the below crime prevention advice in relation to quad bikes:
• Keep good records of your quad bikes or ATVs. Take colour photographs from the side, front and behind.
• Photos should include serial/chassis numbers, model numbers and distinguishing features
• All quads should be security marked with your postcode, followed by letters of your
property name or number
• Register your quad at www.immobilise.com
• Park as close to your premises as possible, ideally in a locked outbuilding with CCTV and security lighting, preferably out of sight from nearby roads.
• Secure with wheel clamps and/or locking posts, and store in a secure building. Consider using ground anchor plates and chains for extra security
• Consider investing in a bespoke quad security device (look for those approved by Secured by Design and Sold Secure)
• Fit a GPS tracking device
• Remove keys when not in use and do not leave them near the quad
Help deter theft and aid recovery of agriculture equipment with CESAR
CESAR can be fitted to all types of self-propelled and trailer mounted construction and agricultural equipment. The registration database is accessible 24/7 to provide support to officers who are making enquiries at the roadside about equipment stopped in suspicious circumstances with persons they suspect may have stolen it.
CESAR uses Datatag ID technology, with both visible and covert markings, making it a real deterrent and an invaluable aid to recovery. Many insurance companies offer discounts of up to 20 per cent on premiums and reduced excesses for cover on CESAR-marked machines. For more information visit: www.cesarscheme.org.
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Nicola Holt (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)