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Warning To Secure Outbuildings To Prevent Thefts of Equipment

Alert message sent 17/11/2020 17:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police


Dear Surrey Heath members.

Do you have sheds, barns, garages or outbuildings containing valuable equipment such as quad bikes, power tools, gardening equipment or farm machinery?

Please be on your guard after reports from Hampshire police of a series of recent burglaries in Hart District just across the border.

Hart Neighbourhood Inspector Jen Lovegrove said in an Alert message late last week: “We have seen a series of burglaries of outbuildings occurring overnight and in the early hours of the morning in rural districts. The suspects are targeting farm machinery, quad bikes and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and anything of value such as power tools.

This is not something that is unique to Hart District, it is also happening across county borders and right across the UK.

We believe many of these thefts are connected to organised crime groups who are exporting stolen quad bikes abroad. This shows a level of planning by the criminals, so being aware and reporting suspicious vehicles and people is really important.

We would urge anyone to ensure as far as possible to secure and alarm their buildings and property mark their equipment. Consider installing CCTV, tracker devices, automatic security lights and intruder alarm systems.

We are also warning people not to confront suspects. Call the police on 999 immediately if a crime is in progress."


Please take note of the following crime prevention advice in relation to quad bikes:

• Keep good records of your quad bikes or ATVs. Take colour photographs from the side,
front and behind.
• Photos should include serial/chassis numbers, model numbers and distinguishing features
• All quads should be security marked with your postcode, followed by letters of your
property name or number
• Register your quad at www.immobilise.com
• Park as close to your premises as possible, ideally in a locked outbuilding with CCTV and
security lighting, preferably out of sight from nearby roads.
• Secure with wheel clamps and/or locking posts, and store in a secure building. Consider
using ground anchor plates and chains for extra security
• Consider investing in a bespoke quad security device (look for those approved by Secured
by Design and Sold Secure)
• Fit a GPS tracking device
• Remove keys when not in use and do not leave them near the quad


The CESAR scheme is one option to help deter the theft and aid recovery of agriculture equipment.

The CESAR scheme was designed by police officers working in partnership with the construction and agricultural industries to provide police with a quick and effective way to identify all manners of machinery and equipment. CESAR can be fitted to all types of self-propelled and trailer mounted construction and agricultural equipment.
The registration database is accessible 24/7 to provide support to officers who are making enquiries at the roadside about equipment stopped in suspicious circumstances with persons they suspect may have stolen it.
CESAR uses Datatag ID technology, with both visible and covert markings, making it a deterrent and an aid to recovery.  Insurance companies may offer discounts on premiums and reduced excesses for cover on CESAR-marked machines. For more information visit: www.cesarscheme.org.


As always, the local Surrey Heath Neighbourhood team are keen to receive information on all crime spotted or believed to have occurred as this can assist with ongoing enquiries, as well as helping to build up their wider intelligence picture.

If you believe you have any information relating to any events then please call 101 or alternatively, you can use the online reporting system
https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
 
You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

And to assist in helping you protect your residential property and its contents please see the crime prevention advice here:    https://www.surrey.police.uk/burglary


Kind Regards

Rob Freeman
Community Engagement Volunteer (Surrey Heath)
Rob.Freeman@surrey.pnn.police.uk
 
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