Welsh police has issued a warning following an increase of ATV thefts in the last few months.
According to Dyfed Powys, 11 quad bikes were stolen from farms and private properties around the force area, with seven stolen in November alone.
While most crimes happened at night time, one vehicle was stolen in the middle of the day from the owner’s farm yard.
Sergeant Matthew Howells, rural spokesman for the force said: "The longer nights along with the bad weather of recent weeks are ideal cover for thieves to go about their activities undetected.
"I would advise owners to property mark vehicles, even fitting tracker devices, secure them within locked buildings when not in use, keep a record of serial numbers and take photographs of the vehicles.
“If possible secure quad bikes to ground anchor points using high security chains and padlocks.”
As well as the rise in quad bike thefts Dyfed Powys Police is also seeing the thefts of hand and garden tools being reported, in particular chainsaws.
“Farmers also need to consider their wider on-farm security measures.
"CCTV and linked alarms can be a cost-effective way to protect your property.
"With advances in smart phone technology owners can monitor activity on their farm yards remotely and even be notified when alarm sensors have been triggered.
"Farmers need to talk to their insurance companies as in some instances they may qualify for a reduction in their insurance premiums if fitting better security systems.” Sergeant Howells added
Farmers and rural residents are asked to be vigilant at all times and to report any suspicious vehicles and people immediately by dialling 101. Where there is a crime ongoing then dial 999.
Sergeant Howells continued, “One such call recently resulted in the recovery of a quad bike before it was reported stolen.
"Officers will continue to work with farmers to give crime prevention advice and gather intelligence to target patrols with an aim to deter these offences being committed in the first place."
Over the Christmas period, 15 chickens were stolen from a village farm in Sussex.
Two eight-feet long poultry huts were also taken, along with the chickens, which in total are believed to be worth about £700.
Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or who may have other information, is asked to email email@example.com or phone 101, quoting serial 696 of 27/12.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, www.crimestoppers-uk.org