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Quad bike thefts are on the rise, but farmers are fighting back.

Quad bike thefts are on the rise, but farmers are fighting back.

Brian Rushe

Brian Rushe

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Quad bike thefts are on the rise, but farmers are fighting back.

When a farmer looks at a quad bike he sees a utility vehicle that can help speed up the workload on the farm.

When a criminal looks at a quad bike he sees potentially easy pickings that can be resold with relative ease for big money. And as the popularity of quad bikes among farmers has increased - especially among those expanding their holdings - so too has the problem of quad bike theft.

"Quad bikes have been the number one item on the shopping list for criminals who enter farmyards for the last number of years," says Barry Carey, the IFA's Crime Prevention Officer. "When a criminal looks at a quad bike he sees "€10,000 in the space of a metre and a half".


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