10 Chw 2014

Officers are advising people to look after their quad bikes following the theft of a green Polarris Sportsman 550 quad bike from the Aberaeron area.

The quad bike was stolen sometime between 2.30pm on Thursday 6th February and 7.55am on Friday 7th February. It had been left secured on a chain in a barn on the premises.

“The bike is described as green in colour.” said Sergeant Adrian Jones. “It’s obviously quite valuable and I’d ask anyone with information on this theft to please contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Please consider the below safety measures

• 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