Increasing number of ATV's & Quad bikes stolen in Wiltshire

Increasing number of ATV's & Quad bikes stolen in Wiltshire

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:26pm 8th April 2019.

3 minute read

Owners are urged to review their security as Police investigate yet more thefts of off-road vehicles.

There's a renewed warning and fresh advice after a worrying increase in the amount of Quad bike and ATV thefts happening in Wiltshire.


A spokesperson at Wiltshire Police have has told Spire FM News:

"Please consider your security and the advice below.

"Trackers in particular DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

"Last week one quad bike was stolen and recovered within a few hours due to the tracker fitted."

Rural Crime Operation Sept 2017 - 1 (Wiltshire Police)
The advice has come from Wiltshire Police's Rural Crime Team

TOP TIPS: Essential Security Measures:

  • 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.
  • Consider installing security lighting and CCTV with sensors and PIR Alarms on the perimeter of the building or premises.

ATV Quad Bike
Wiltshire Police say there's been a spate of thefts of quads and ATVs in recent weeks

Officers are also suggesting you could contact your local dealer and ask them what they can do for you to prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

  • Get your machine marked with security marking scheme such as Datatag or CESAR.
  • Consider fitting immobilizers, VHF and GPS Tracking devices.

Other Ideas:

  • 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

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