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New quad bikes to help tackle rural crime

Quad bikes - Cllr Cochrane, Cllr Dettbarn with police 400 x 400

South Ayrshire Council has teamed up with Police Scotland and bought two new quad bikes to help tackle rural crime!

The all-terrain vehicles will be used to support the detection and prevention of crime, particularly in remote areas.

Council staff and police officers will be trained to operate the quads as part the initiative, which will also combat antisocial behaviour, vandalism and illegal fly-tipping.

Councillor Julie Dettbarn, Community Safety Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "This is partnership working at its best. A multi-agency group will oversee the deployment of the quad bikes which encourages dialogue and the sharing of information. Our Community Safety Team will make good use of the new go anywhere vehicles, which is a big deterrent when it comes to tackling anti-social behaviour. "

Councillor Ian Cochrane, Environment Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "The quad bikes will make a massive difference when it comes to dealing with illegal fly-tipping. Rubbish dumped in remote locations is a growing issue, so the quad bikes will come into their own, making it easier for staff to attend incidents and track down the culprits."

Chief Inspector Brian Anderson, Area Commander at South Ayrshire said: "The introduction of quad bikes in South Ayrshire will allow us easier access to rural, parks and beach locations significantly enhancing our ability to tackle anti-social behaviour, rural and wildlife crime. The off-road capability maximises our visibility in these locations and means we can quickly respond to incidents and engage with the public.

"The partnership with South Ayrshire Council will further enhance our ability for joint working with council staff and other partners".

As well the quad bikes, a trailer has also been purchased along with safety equipment such as helmets.

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