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Tracers can help trace quads if they are stolen

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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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.

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."

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