Warning after another spate of quad bike thefts

Farmers are again being warned to ensure their quad bikes and other farm equipment are securely locked away when not in use following a recent spate of thefts and attempted thefts across the Borders.

A Honda 420 quad bike, like the one stolen from a farm in Lauder.
A Honda 420 quad bike, like the one stolen from a farm in Lauder.

A Mitsubishi L200 pick up and a red Honda Quad bike were stolen from a farm near Ladykirk overnight on January 29.

Also overnight, on January 31, a door to an outbuilding at a farm near Saughtree was forced and two males were viewed on CCTV acting suspiciously in the farmyard, but nothing was stolen.

A Honda 420 quad bike and a Honda 90 Trax quad bike were stolen from a farm near the A697 at Lauder between January 31 and February 1.

And around 2.30am on February 1, thieves were scared off by an alarm activating after cutting a padlock securing a barn at another farm near the A697 at Lauder.

A police spokesperson said: “Enquiries into these incidents are ongoing. If you have any information regarding these crimes please contact us on 101.

"Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form.

Police recommend multiple levels of security to deter, delay and detect thieves, including installing an alarm system where quads are kept; not leaving keys in or near quads; securing the building they are stored in and installing trackers.

Police Scotland currently have a number of free wireless perimeter security alarm kits as part of a bespoke pack containing up-to-date advice.