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Police investigate quad bike theft

Craven police

Published by May Norman at 8:45am 22nd February 2019. (Updated at 11:23am 22nd February 2019)

Quad bikes stolen from Arncliffe

  • Police are investigating the theft of two quad bikes in Arncliffe.
  • They were taken overnight on Thursday.
  • One was stolen from an outbuilding on a farm and from a driveway of a neighbouring farm.
  • Officers believe the thefts are linked.

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information following the theft of two quad bikes in Arncliffe.

The vehicles were taken between 12.30am and 1am on Thursday, 21 February.

The first was taken from a stone outbuilding on a farm and a second from a driveway of a neighbouring farm.

Officers would like to speak with anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of the thefts or in the days leading up to them. It is believed the offenders travelled to the scene in at least one vehicle and one of the stolen bikes was captured on CCTV leaving Arncliffe followed by a silver 53 plate VW Golf and officers would like to speak with the owners of this car or anyone who may have seen it.

PC Rich Sutcliffe, said:

“There is clear evidence to suggest these two offences are linked and it is highly likely the offenders had been in the area prior to the thefts and may have been spotted acting suspiciously.

“I would urge owners of quad bikes and other agricultural equipment to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity and also review their security.

“More information about securing vehicles and property can be found on the North Yorkshire Police website.”

The stolen bikes are both red in colour, the first is a Can Am Outlander and the second is a Honda TRX500 with the registration number NK18 FKO.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Rich Sutcliffe. You can also email richard.sutcliffe@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12190032129.

Quad bikes and all-terrain vehicles are among the items most likely to be stolen in rural areas. In light of the attempted thefts, North Yorkshire Police are urging owners to:

  • Park as close to your premises as possible, ideally in a locked outbuilding with CCTV and security lighting, preferably out of sight from nearby roads
  • Remove keys when not in use, and do not leave them near the vehicle
  • Fit wheel clamps and/or locking posts, and consider an alarm
  • Mark or customise your vehicle so it is easily identifiable
  • Consider fitting GPS tracking devices for high-value vehicles
  • Keep a record of all vehicles, including photographs and serial numbers

PCSO Sally Breen, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said:

“It’s far better to spend some time and money now on quality security measures than to go through the inconvenience and upset of having your vehicle stolen.

“I am urging anyone who owns a quad bike – and particularly if they live in a rural area – to take extra steps to ensure their vehicles are left safe and secure.”

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