Police alert over spate of vehicle thefts in Hathersage

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Police are encouraging owners of quad bikes and other off-road vehicles to step up security following a number of thefts in Hathersage.

Sometime between 4.30am and 7.25am on Friday, October 2, a quad bike was stolen from a farm property in Abney.

The vehicle was later recovered and two men and a teenager, aged 33, 20 and 16-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle.

They have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Two other incidents of quad bike thefts have also been reported in Hathersage in recent weeks, as offenders gained entry to outbuildings before making off with vehicles.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said: “Officers are encouraging residents to follow steps to improve their security including investing in extra measures such as shed, garage or outbuilding alarms, sturdy padlocks and motion-sensitive lighting and 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.

“Local people are also urged to report any crime or suspicious activity to police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”