Quad Bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles
are a major target for thieves
and organised gangs in the UK

These types of vehicles are easy to steal as thieves can easily jump on and drive off when you are working on a farm, or target them from workshops and barns. Remote locations such as farms can offer rich pickings due to the nature of their rural locations and isolation from other neighbours.

Consider the access to the farm yards and building - if gates or entrances are no longer used, then seal them off. Restrict access routes to the premises where possible – if not, ensure they have good natural surveillance from any farm houses.

  • Take precautions to deter thieves – remember the best security is a layered approach with the aim of making your property a less attractive target
  • Try to keep the vehicles out of site from nearby roads, as thieves will often survey properties looking for vehicles
  • Keep gates to yards closed, as open gates can be an open invitation to thieves. Lock barn or garage doors at night using a heavy duty SBD approved padlock, hasp & staple or chain
  • When leaving vehicles overnight, a bespoke Quad/ATV drive on security device which clamps around the wheel and is secured to a concrete floor are a great solution. SBD approved locks and ground anchors with a high attack rating are another option
  • Fit immobilisation and tracking systems – the use of tracking systems can notify the owner the Quad/ATV is being interfered with or moved, allowing for a prompt response to either prevent the theft or detain offenders. Many systems are battery operated and activate once the Quad/ATV is stolen and track via GPS and other systems. SBD have several members which specialise in this area and can advise on the best system and fitting of the product for your vehicle type
  • Fit outside security lights controlled by an automatic time-switch or infra-red beams that react to heat or movement
  • Consider fitting an intruder alarm, for further information about alarms visit our SBD Alarm Advice page
  • If the building is remote with no mains power, a GSM -battery system could alert you to anything suspicious
  • Keep a record of serial numbers, chassis and model numbers and take note of any custom marks on the vehicle. Take colour photographs from several angles and additionally take videos with a smart phone if possible
  • Security marking your vehicle using an SBD recognised forensic asset marking is another highly effective, visible deterrent to thieves and an established method of reducing theft
  • Finally, never leave your keys in the ignition, even if you only briefly leave your ATV/Quad bike unattended, and don’t be an easy target for opportunity theft.

Many police forces operate a Rural Police team and help organise Farm and Country Business Watches to keep up to date on issues affecting rural communities. For more details contact your local police force. 


Check your insurance policy for any further requirements. Click the logos below for further information on insurance certified security products and security products testing standards.

CCTV can also be a deterrent and help protect both your vehicle and home. It is important to remember that you must comply with the requirements of GDPR. Click the button below to find out more: