Do you own an ATV or UTV in Dorset?

During the last week Dorset Police has seen a rise in quad bikes being stolen from rural premises across the county.

Its Rural Crime Team is urging people to review the security of their ATV or UTV as a matter of urgent priority.

What is your security arrangement like for your ATV or UTV? Is it secure enough to stop thieves taking it?

The team has put together a list of security measure to consider using to secure your ATVs and UTVs.

• Keep your vehicle in a lockable garage or building and make sure you remove the keys and keep them in a secure location and out of view, not hidden on the vehicle and out of view of any windows.

• Use a grip lock that locks the breaks on the machine to prevent it being moved without removal.

• Physically secure your machine using suitable locking devices and fixed ground anchors secured to the floor using heavy duty security chains and padlocks.

• Consider fitting isolating systems to machines that will prevent theft such as fuel and battery isolators.

• Consider using additional brake locks to your machine.

• Cover any windows to the building where your vehicle is kept this will prevent any persons looking through the windows.

• Consider installing security lighting and CCTV with sensors and PIR Alarms on the perimeter of the building or premises.

• Consider fitting battery operated alarms to sheds and buildings with the capacity to ring and text you should an intruder be present, these can be brought for as little as £50.

• Get your machine marked with security marking scheme such as Datatag or CESAR.

• Consider fitting immobilizers, VHF and GPS Tracking devices.

• Why not contact your local dealer and ask them what they 
can do for you to prevent your vehicle from being stolen?

• Insurance companies will often offer a discount to premiums with these types of measures. Machines fitted and registered with certain security markings are four times less likely to be stolen and our 6 times more likely to be recovered if they are stolen.

• Record machinery serial numbers and take photographs for reference. If the machine is ever stolen a photo will increase publicity prospects and recovery of the machine.

• Report suspicious vehicle or callers to police by calling 999 if the vehicle or occupants are seen committing crime or phone 101 or via email if the vehicle is seen acting suspiciously.

To find out more information of what’s available to secure your quad or to arrange a bespoke crime prevention visit to your farm or rural premises please email the team directly at