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Police urge farms to review security following thefts and burglaries

Police are appealing for witnesses and urging rural properties to review their security following a series of thefts and burglaries at farms in the Southam area between Friday 20 and Monday 23 April 2018.

Incident 109 of 21 April 2018: A green and white Kawasaki off road motorbike was stolen from outbuildings at Manor Farm, Napton near Rugby sometime between 10.30pm on Friday 20 April and 9am on Saturday 21 April. A second outbuilding was also broken into and it is currently unknown if anything further was stolen.

Incident 118 of 21 April 2018: Police are investigating a burglary at Hill Farm, Lower End, Priors Hardwick that was reported to police at 9.20am on 21 April. Thieves are believed to have smashed a wooden rear door on a workshop and stolen a Stihl strimmer, Stihl chainsaw, Stihl pressure washer, all orange and white in colour.

Incident 123 of 21 April 2018: Between midnight and 8am on 21 April, thieves broke into a workshop on Stoneton Moat Farm, Priors Hardwick and stole a Stilh petrol driven leaf blower and a red coloured jerry can.

Incident 82 of 23 April 2018: Sometime between 8.30pm on Sunday 22 April and 7.30am on Monday 23 April a matt black Suzuki King quad bike was stolen from the same farm - Stoneton Moat Farm, Priors Hardwick. The quad bike has a wooden box on the front rack and back rack.

Incident 56 of 23 April 2018: Chestnuts Farm in Byfield Road, Priors Marston was also targetted. A red Honda quad bike with a tray on the front and hay rack at the rear was stolen overnight between Sunday 22 April and Monday 23 April. The occupier believes the theft may have occurred at around 1am on Monday morning as the dog was barking. The quad bike has 'Freeman' painted on the side.

Incident 70 of 23 April 2018: Police were called at 7am on Monday 23 April after it was discovered that a green Yamaha quad bike had been stolen overnight from Caudle Hill Farm, Burton Dassett near Southam. A Stihl chain saw was also stolen and a socket set.

Police are visiting the farms to offer security advice and low cost alarms.

Police are urging anyone who owns a quad bike or motorbike to chain it to a solid anchor and if possible also keep it in a locked building. Valuable tools should also be chained together and locked in a secure building. Also consider visibly marking your items in paint with your post code to make them less attractive to thieves and easily identifiable. Thieves are looking for easy pickings they can sell quickly and the more difficult you can make it for them the less likely they are to steal your belongings.

Finally, it is likely the thieves steal the quad bikes by putting them in or onto a trailer. If you see a quad bike being transported on a trailer and are suspicious it may have been stolen, please report the sighting to police.  

Any witnesses, or anyone who can help police with their enquiries to locate these items is please asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 101.

Published 27/04/18