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."