22 March 1996

YFC-police link-up aims to cut ATV loss

A PILOT scheme to cut the theft of ATVs is linking police and members of young farmers clubs.

Because most ATVs are not registered for road use, officers find it difficult to check the ownership of suspect machines.

To counter this Dyfed Powys Police have asked members of 13 clubs in the Carmarthen area to visit farms and record the make, model and serial numbers of three- and four-wheel bikes.

"If officers come across a bike during their enquiries, or at a stop/check, they will be able to check the serial number with the police national computer, on which details will be kept if it has been reported stolen," says community affairs officer Jeremy John.

"They could also use the database, where details would be available, even though the bike might not have been reported stolen. If this pilot scheme is a success the area covered could be expanded," says Sgt John. &#42