Police urge vigilance after High Peak quad bike thefts

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Police are urging farm owners and rural residents to step up outbuilding security after the theft of quad bikes in Flagg and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Sometime between 9pm on Wednesday, November 4 and the early hours of the morning on Thursday, November 5, offenders gained entry to an insecure shed on farm land in Flagg before taking a red Honda 350 quad bike.

At around 1.50am on Thursday, November 5, thieves entered a shed at a property on Castleton Road in Chapel-en-le-Frith and took a green Arctic Cat quad bike.

Local Safer Neighbourhood officers are urging residents to follow simple steps in a bid to deter this type of crime.

Crime prevention advice includes:

Investing in extra security measures for sheds or outbuildings including alarms and padlocks to better protect valuable equipment and vehicles;

Looking out for suspicious activity around neighbour’s properties and encouraging them to do the same for you;

Investing in gravel to use on footpaths and driveways leading to your property so you can hear if someone is approaching;

Using motion sensitive, infrared lighting so that lights come on to alert you if someone is close to your property;

Registering vehicles for free on secure online database www.immobilise.com, which can then be used by police to trace the owners of any recovered stolen goods.

Anyone with information about the crimes mentioned above is urged to contact PC Gary Ferguson at Matlock Police Station on 101, quoting crime number 47799/15.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.