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Rural Crime and Quad Bike Theft Warning

Alert message sent 05/01/2021 17:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Dear Surrey Heath members.

I have again picked up some information about rural crime thefts occurring just across the county border in Hampshire (Hart District) that I wanted to bring to your attention as it relates to further targeting of outbuildings and quad bikes/ATVs.

Please be on your guard after a burglary at a farm premises in Hook. This is believed to be part of a series of similar incidents across rural areas in Hart district and beyond and which have been highlighted in another recent Alert post.

This burglary occurred between 10pm and 10.20pm on January 2 at a farm premises in Well, Hook. The owner was alerted by an alarm going off on an outbuilding. He went to investigate and saw three suspects, who initially ran off.

However, they returned carrying crow bars and started to behave in an aggressive manner towards the victim. He retreated to his house where his wife was also present. Two of the suspects remained outside the house but smashed the front door window, causing a cut to the woman's eye.

The other suspect broke into the outbuilding and stole a red Honda TRX500 quad bike. All three then made off down a footpath, possibly to a waiting vehicle - possibly a Navarro style vehicle. It's also possible the suspects may have been at the location a couple of days before.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jen Lovegrove said: “We have seen a series of burglaries of outbuildings that are occurring overnight and in the early hours of the morning in rural districts across Hart.

The suspects appear to be 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 across the UK.

As a bare minimum, all farmers/owners should ensure that the keys are removed and overnight your quad bike/ATV is kept in a locked shed. Where possible all the available options should be explored around marking and securing your vehicles.

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

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 use 999 if you spot a crime in progress) or alternatively, you can use the online reporting system
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 and stay safe and well.

Rob Freeman
Community Engagement Volunteer (Surrey Heath)
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