Police in the Scottish Borders have recovered a red Suzuki quad bike that was stolen from a farm near Eddleston sometime between 9pm on Tuesday 10th August and 8am the following morning.

Officers say that the quad was fitted with a tracker which enabled its recovery and this highlights the effectiveness of security measures.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 0813 of 11th August or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers have also advised quad bike owners to install an alarm system where quads are kept, not to  leave keys in or near the bikes, secure the building they are stored in and install trackers.

Police Scotland also say that they continue to offer a FREE SelectaDNA forensic marking kit and signage as part of a bespoke pack containing up to date advice and information on crime prevention methods.

 Any farm that would like a crime prevention visit and a kit & pack can use the ‘Contact us Form’ on the Police Scotland Website.

Other recommendations include; good quality LED Lighting, CCTV and signage, Driveway & Shed Alarms, Forensic Security Marking & Signage, Secure Shed and Barn Doors with quality locks, park vehicles in front of shed doors at night, high quality chains & ground or wall anchors to secure quad bikes, Trackers on Vehicles, Cesar vehicle Marking.

A spokesperson said: “Please report any suspicious activity to us immediately via 101 or 999 if ongoing; including details of vehicles and persons involved.”