Quad bike stolen in Llanwrtyd Wells leads to reminder of security advice
Police are reminding quad bike owners to keep their property secure following the theft of a quad bike from Abergwesyn in Llanwrtyd Wells.
Some time between 3pm on Friday 7th and 9.15am on Tuesday 18th December a red Honda foreman quad bike worth several thousand pounds has been taken from outbuildings of a farm along with a compressor and a cement mixer.
“If anyone saw any suspicious vehicles in this area at any point in this time frame then I would ask them to please get in touch with officers and let them know,” said Sergeant Kelvin Briggs. “In the mean time I’d like to remind owners of quad bikes to follow some simple steps to keep their property secure.
“Farmers are busy people and there is sometimes a reluctance to secure farm equipment that is in constant use. But in recent times the vast majority of the quads stolen in South Powys had the keys in the ignition – enabling the thieves to drive them away.
“So please remove the keys from the ignition and if possible use a tracker device.”
12 point plan
Look after vehicle Keys - Machinery keys should not be labelled with the vehicle registration number and vehicle details. Keys should never be left in an unattended vehicle or in an unattended locked building. When not in use keys should always be kept in a safe place in the house
Use Ground Anchors / Bolts / chains to secure quads. Chains should always be kept off the floor to achieve maximum attack resistance. These should be looped through structural non removable members, and ideally the chain should be looped through several of them. THEY SHOULD NOT BE SECURED USING PARTS THAT ARE EASILY REMOVABLE E.g. not the rear axle where a chain can be removed by simply removing a wheel OR Suspension wishbones etc which are attached with only a couple of bolts.
Where padlocks are in use, seek advice from a lock smith or other competent person about their suitability and replace them if needs be with the best padlocks you can afford. Ideally a good quality close shackle Padlock should be used.
Use Hitch lock / Lock Covers on all tow hitches.
Keep a Master record of equipment including machinery serial numbers.
Photograph machinery (all 4 sides) and photograph any specific dents scratches…. those blemishes and marks could be vital to help identify the equipment if its identity was ever in doubt!
Consider registering your plant with specialist companies such as CESAR or TER
Property Marking – Consider putting – welded, etched or stamped post codes on your machinery in several places on the equipment one of these should be in a prominent place so it is easily seen, with other post code marks in less conspicuous areas. (Handlers of stolen goods generally don’t like accepting anything that is uniquely identifiable or that if “ground off” would look a bit dodgy! (Just check first with machinery manufacturers / agents that it’s safe to mark a particular area so it doesn’t structurally weaken the machine) If you don’t want to use overt property marking schemes there are a range of covert property marking solutions on the market, which can be found by visiting www.securedbydesign.com It’s really important to make sure you display signs that tell anyone visiting your premises that you’ve uniquely marked your property but don’t be tempted to just put up the signs, without marking your property, it can backfire on you!
Target harden areas within tool sheds to protect small items such as power tools, chainsaw’s, by putting them in locked containers that are bolted to floors or other main structural members etc. Again make sure power tools are uniquely marked / etched with your post code or other property marking initiative)
Erect Security Lights
Install alarms at premises