Keep quad bikes safe during lambing
03 Mar 2017 15:26 PM[View Full Size]
Police are advising farmers to make sure they keep a close eye on their quad bikes, especially during lambing season.
At this time of year farmers are kept busy at all hours seeing to the newest arrivals to their flocks and vehicle security can be easily overlooked.
Police want to remind the farming community to be vigilant, despite their long hours, and make sure they don't put their quads at risk of opportunist thieves.
Superintendent Andy Huddleston, of Northumbria Police said: "We know that during the peak lambing season farmers are using their quad bikes at all hours of the day and night to check on their sheep and to help with lambing. It may seem more convenient to leave the ignition key in the quad to save a few precious seconds of time when dashing between farm and fields, but this can make these expensive pieces of vital farming equipment vulnerable to thieves.
"We want to help farmers to prevent such thefts by advising them to pocket their keys when they park up - even if just for a couple of minutes - it's better to be safe than sorry."
Northumbria Police are also running specific operations with our Farm Watch members during the next month in support of this request to help make our area unattractive to thieves.
And police are encouraging quad bike owners to consider fitting a tracking device to help officers locate any stolen bikes. It may also be worth checking with your insurance company as you may get a discount if you fit such security devices.
Officers offer the following advice:
Keep the ignition keys stored safely, separate from any quad bikes, to make them less attractive to thieves
Report any suspicious behaviour to police by calling 101 straightaway
Keep your vehicles and farming machinery in a locked building not left out in the open
Make sure the building is secure and consider installing a ground security device.
Where possible keep your smaller items such as quad bike behind a larger heavy vehicle such as a tractor, making it more difficult for thieves to get access to the more portable item without first moving the larger vehicle.
For further crime prevention advice visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/rural_and_farm_crime/quads_trailers_tools/
We also advise members of the farming community to use Farm Watch bulletins to be aware of areas where thieves are operating. We also circulate details of stolen vehicles and other property and ask local people to keep an eye out for these items being offered for sale.
Pictured; Supt Huddleston on a quad bike