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 Tips to keep your quad safe from thieves


A NEW police pilot scheme is being launched in Bishop Auckland to give crime prevention advice to buyers of quad bikes.

Durham Constabulary has teamed up with Lloyd Ltd, an agricultural and construction machinery company at St Helen Auckland, to offer useful tips to customers.

Crime prevention officer Derek Sirett, of Durham Constabulary, said: “We have designed a leaflet to provide extra information to quad bike owners which Lloyds will distribute in their sales pack with any quads and ride-on mowers sold.

“The leaflet details information and advice on tracking devices, ground anchors, a permanent marking scheme, CCTV, lighting and other tips to help protect valuables.

“Agricultural equipment such as quads are an essential piece of kit for most farmers and are valuable assets which are expensive to replace. We hope this guidance provided at the point of sale of goods will help combat theft. We want to encourage owners to take extra steps to ensure their vehicles are safe and secure.”

Alistair Whitby, the dealer principal at Lloyds, which is the first seller on board, said: “We are delighted to support the local police in their pilot scheme which offers handy advice to our customers.”

Durham Constabulary will roll out the scheme to other sellers across County Durham and Darlington.