An increase in quad bike thefts has been taking place in Cumbria with 86 crimes being investigated by police during the last 12 months. The majority of crimes took place in the later part of 2019 during the hours of darkness.
The crime spike has prompted Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall and Cumbria Constabulary to meet with representatives from the farming community, suppliers, insurers and quad bike manufacturers to look at ways to reduce the number of quad bikes being stolen in the county.
Cumbria Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery said: “Quad bike thefts have increased in the county and it is a similar picture across the country. We all have a responsibility that Cumbria doesn’t become an easy target for criminals.
“Often when the police become involved it is too late. We would urge everyone in rural communities to make it as difficult as possible for the thieves.
“As a bare minimum all farmers should ensure that the keys are removed and overnight your quad bike is in a locked shed. Where possible all the available options should be explored around marking and our PCSOs are trained to provide you with the information about the available marking schemes.
“Where trackers are fitted it is a significant help to the police investigation. Recently, where a tracker has been fitted it has resulted in two arrests.
“We also need the rural community to be our eyes and ears. If you see anything suspicious please report it via 101 or 101 emails. A specialist rural crime reporting line is also available to those who want to report suspicious activity anonymously by calling 0800 783 0137.”