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ATVs are popular with thieves in northern Colorado

Staff reports

You know those all-terrain vehicles that are so handy around the farm and out in the country – you just jump on them and ride away? Apparently, they’ve also been handy to thieves.

In the last seven months, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office has investigated 24 ATV thefts. In the past two weeks, most of them were taken in one specific area: east of U.S. 85 in the area of Gilcrest and La Salle.

The increase in thefts is indicative of a bigger crime trend over the past couple of months. Sheriff’s spokesman Shane Scofield said there also have been three thefts in the Greeley area, and two of those also were east of U.S. 85.

In most cases, ATV owners out in the country leave the keys in the vehicles, so whoever needs to ride them on the farm won’t have to hunt for the keys. That’s making them easier to steal.

The sheriff’s office is requesting any information on the thefts, including details about vehicles or people that may seem suspicious or be in areas where they do not belong.

Added Scofield: “This can include encounters with people that seemed nervous or had an explanation for their activities that did not make sense.”

The sheriff’s office offered suggestions to help keep ATVs safe:

» Physically secure the vehicles when they are not in use.

» Remove the keys and store them in a different location.

» Record the VIN, serial number, or any personally applied markings and store the information in a secure location.

» Take photographs of your vehicles, including any personally applied markings, and store the information in a secure location.

» Remove any firearms, items of value, or documentation that contains sensitive personal information prior to leaving the vehicle(s) unattended.

» Take note of any suspicious vehicles or persons in and around the area and gather as much information as possible such as physical descriptions and license plate numbers.

» Contact your neighbors when you will be gone for extended periods of time and ask them to watch for suspicious activity on or near your property.

» Join or start a neighborhood watch program. For more information, contact the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

You know those all-terrain vehicles that are so handy around the farm and out in the country – you just jump on them and ride away? Apparently, they’ve also been handy to thieves.

In the last seven months, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office has investigated 24 ATV thefts. In the past two weeks, most of them were taken in one specific area: east of U.S. 85 in the area of Gilcrest and La Salle.

The increase in thefts is indicative of a bigger crime trend over the past couple of months. Sheriff’s spokesman Shane Scofield said there also have been three thefts in the Greeley area, and two of those also were east of U.S. 85.

In most cases, ATV owners out in the country leave the keys in the vehicles, so whoever needs to ride them on the farm won’t have to hunt for the keys. That’s making them easier to steal.

The sheriff’s office is requesting any information on the thefts, including details about vehicles or people that may seem suspicious or be in areas where they do not belong.

Added Scofield: “This can include encounters with people that seemed nervous or had an explanation for their activities that did not make sense.”

The sheriff’s office offered suggestions to help keep ATVs safe:

» Physically secure the vehicles when they are not in use.

» Remove the keys and store them in a different location.

» Record the VIN, serial number, or any personally applied markings and store the information in a secure location.

» Take photographs of your vehicles, including any personally applied markings, and store the information in a secure location.

» Remove any firearms, items of value, or documentation that contains sensitive personal information prior to leaving the vehicle(s) unattended.

» Take note of any suspicious vehicles or persons in and around the area and gather as much information as possible such as physical descriptions and license plate numbers.

» Contact your neighbors when you will be gone for extended periods of time and ask them to watch for suspicious activity on or near your property.

» Join or start a neighborhood watch program. For more information, contact the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.


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