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TRACKER Reports Increase In Stolen Quad Bikes For Q1 2017

Date: 29 June 2017

Stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert, TRACKER, has seen a major increase in the number of quad bikes that were stolen and recovered in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Yorkshire is also leading the regional hotspot for quad bike thefts, with 38% of all TRACKER recoveries taking place in the county this year. In light of the increase in stolen quad bikes, TRACKER is urging owners to focus on security to protect their vehicles.
Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Officer for TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation) explains, “Our recovery figures mirror those collated by the Plant & Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (PANIU) for the period July to September 2016 which saw a 29% increase compared to the previous quarter. The increase applied across all leading manufacturers, with the exception of Suzuki who have seen a reduction of 17%. These figures clearly demonstrate a steady increase in thefts of quad bikes over the last year.”
Although the majority of thefts took place in the Yorkshire region, TRACKER has also recovered quad bikes from Suffolk, Kent, Essex and Lincolnshire, which highlights that these crimes do not necessarily just take place in rural areas. From working closely with the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) the business  reports that Whitby, Scarborough, Richmond, Skipton, York and Harrogate are all areas that have seen an increase in quad bike thefts over recent months.
Among the quad bikes that were stolen and recovered using TRACKER’s market leading VHF technology, the Honda TRX was the most popular model followed by the Yamaha Grizzly. Both models are popular among rural communities and can be vital for the day to day running of farms.
Top 5 Make and Model Quad Bikes
Stolen and Recovered by TRACKER
1.     Honda TRX
2.     Yamaha Grizzly
3.     Honda TRX500
4.     Honda TRX 250 TEG
5.     Honda TRX420TM7
“Thefts of quad bikes can often cause a lot of heartache to victims, not just because of the inconvenience of the crime but because their livelihood often depends on these vehicles. They are popular with farmers to get around acres of land and carry out day to day activities, and if the vehicles go missing it can put a strain on a business.
“It is very common for these type of vehicles to be stolen and sent abroad, which means the right owner will most likely never see them again. Having a TRACKER fitted is the best way to avoid this situation as we work closely with every police unit in the UK to ensure a speedy recovery.
“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.”
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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