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Successful recovery of two quad bikes in Northumberland

Date: 10 November 2016

Two Honda TRX500 all-terrain vehicles, together worth over £12,000, were stolen from a Farm in Northumberland overnight. Fortunately, the owner of the quad bikes had invested in fitting TRACKER units in June this year. Once the devices were activated, Northumberland police were able to track the stolen vehicles to Bedlington, where one was found abandoned and the other at a local address. As a result of finding the quad bikes so quickly, the police were able to make an arrest.

Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Officer for TRACKER comments, “Rural thefts cause a lot of heartache and inconvenience to victims, whose livelihood often depends on these items. In many cases criminals will watch farms to determine where vehicles and machinery are stored and then steal them in the dead of night. It was very rewarding to work so closely with Northumberland Police and recover these vehicles so quickly; they could have very easily been shipped abroad and never seen again.”

The owner of the two quad bikes says, “The quad bikes are vital for the day to day running of the farm, being without them for even a short time is a massive inconvenience. We have had other farm equipment stolen before so had decided to invest in tracking units. Thank goodness we did, otherwise we would be facing a period without the quad bikes and have to claim on our insurance, which could see our insurance premiums rise as a result.”


Two Honda TRX quad bikes recovered from
another theft in North Yorkshire.

Davenport continues, “£70 million worth of plant and agricultural equipment is stolen every year with 95 per cent never being recovered*.  It is clear therefore that steps need to be taken to protect your farming and agricultural equipment by using CESAR Marking and a form of tracking system in the event of a theft.
 
We are also working in partnership with NFU Mutual, to offer farmers significant reductions on NFU Mutual policies of up to 12.5%. This makes TRACKER the most robust and cost effective way to protect machinery in rural areas, while helping police clampdown on crime.”
 
The quad bike owner concludes, “The thefts have made us extra vigilant on the farm. Not only did they steal the quad bikes  but they also caused damage to a fence, which resulted in cattle escaping – thankfully they didn’t cause an accident and none of them were hurt. We have now increased security and installed cameras, which are backed up by a robust alarm system.” 
 
TRACKER’s SVR devices are used by all UK police forces, resulting in the recovery of these assets. TRACKER’s SVR solutions work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the asset. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.  Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen quad bikes, tractors and farming equipment anywhere, even when it is hidden in a garage or shipping container.

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