Rural Crime-Keep your ATV Safe
04 Aug 2020With the latest NFU Rural Crime Report released we look at ways to keep your vehicles safe.
Last year Rural Crime cost the UK £54m in 2019, an increase of almost 9% on the previous year. Many quads and ATVs have no registration plates and are easy to transport, making them an easy target. As well as being simple to jump on and drive off when they’re left standing, thieves also take them from workshops and barns.
Here are our top tips:
Remove the Key
We are all guilty of pulling up in the yard, field or outside the front door and hopping out of the truck or off the quad. Unfortunately, by leaving the key in any vehicle it leaves it open to opportunist criminals. By creating the habit of removing the key from the ignition every time we leave a vehicle, it reduces this chance.
Don't Leave in the Open
When your bike is left out for long periods of time in the day or over night it can become a target for organised crime. When out and about on the farm try and leave your quad or buggy out of sight - behind buildings, woodland and away from roads.
Fit a Tracker
Invest in a bespoke quad security device, such as Skytag. These vehicle tracking systems are a proven, comprehensive stolen vehicle location service that can locate and track your vehicle anywhere in the world, within meters. ATVTRAC is a discreet tracker that monitors movements of your vehicle in real time, allowing you to view status and location history 24/7 with notification of unauthorised movements.
Use a Thatcham Approved Locking Device
A quality padlock and chain, such as those approved by Thatcham are excellent deterrents. We stock Kryptonite Chains which boast 3T Manganese steel and high security disc-style cylinder which is drill resistant. A Ground Anchor is another option, which provides a permanent locking point with a carbon alloy steel shackle. Its heavy duty hardened steel baseplate offers great resistance against pull attacks.
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Finally, keep gates to yards closed during the day and locked at night. This provides a useful barrier to people who wish to 'scout out' properties. Further information can be accessed on the NFU Website where they have also produced the NFU 2020 Crime Report. As always, we are here to help if you want any further help or advice.
- nfu_mutual_rural_crime_report_2020.pdf (PDF 1197KB)