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Appeal after further rural thefts in Aberdeenshire

By David Porter

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Police are asking residents in rural areas of the north-east to be vigilant following further quad bikes thefts from properties in Aberdeenshire.

Between Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday 6 a red 500cc quad bike was stolen from a farm near Mintlaw.

The quad was recovered nearby.

Overnight between Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 a green Yamaha 750cc quad bike and a red Yamaha 450cc quad bike were stolen from a farm near Fyvie.

With the aid of tracking devices the quads were recovered in nearby woodland.

PC Mike Urquhart, Crime Reduction Officer, said: "In both of these incidents the quads were stolen overnight and appear to have been moved to nearby locations ready to be uplifted at a later time.

"These items cost a lot of money and are used in people's livelihoods, therefore it is vital we trace those responsible.

"I would urge those in our rural communities to be vigilant, to always park quad bikes as close to your premises as possible, preferably out of sight from nearby roads.

"Always remove keys when not in use.

"Quads and ATVs should be secured inside buildings with good quality padlocks and chains.

"Ground anchors or wheel clamps combined with an alarm are an excellent deterrent.

"Mark or customise your property so it is easily identifiable - this can deter thieves and also assist with recovery if stolen.

"Also consider tracking devices for high value vehicles and machinery and keep a record of all vehicles with photographs and serial numbers."

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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