Tracers can help trace quads if they are stolen
POLICE and insurers are urging farmers to fit trackers in their quad bikes after one was quickly traced when it was stolen from a Devon farm.
The vehicle had the device fitted and was recovered by police in Somerset within hours.
The farmer, Michael Pidsley, put the £350 tracker into his new £4,500 bike after losing another to thieves.
It triggered an alarm on his mobile phone, helping him to trace the vehicle's whereabouts online and guide police to a site in Somerset where it was found with minor damage.
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Trackers are small enough to be hidden and most are designed to detect illegal movement of the vehicle, using a motion sensor, and have GPS positioning.
Phillip Wilson, field force manager for insurance firm Cornish Mutual, said: "We would always recommend having a tracking device fitted.
"There is a significant benefit to farmers in being able to recover farm equipment and to deter thieves from targeting their farms in future."