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Lothian crime: Farming communities in Lothian hit hard as police issue warnings about quad bike theft

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Lothian crime: Farming communities in Lothian hit hard as police issue warnings about quad bike theft

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Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Police Scotland

According to the National Farmer Union, “global supply chain problems, shipping delays and the impact of Covid and Brexit have contributed to waiting lists for new quads and increased demand for second-hand kit.”

This has seen a rise across the UK of quad bike theft, with areas of Scotland, including the Lothians, Scottish Borders and Aberdeenshire, being hit consistently.

Constable Lynn Black from the National Rural and Acquisitive Crime Unit at Police Scotland, explained: “The supply shortages mean the criminals are cashing in on this ready-made illicit market and we are also urging people to thoroughly check what they are buying and not to fuel theft against a fellow farmer.

“We have had some successful recoveries of quads recently due to having a tracker fitted which is always something Police Scotland would recommend. After removal of keys, trackers and immobilisers are the most effective measures against quad theft acting as both a deterrent and also increasing the chance of police recovering the vehicle and catching the people behind these crimes.

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