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South Ayrshire Council continues quad bike partnership with Police Scotland to tackle rural crime

Quadbikes Partnership

South Ayrshire Council and Police Scotland are continuing their quad bike partnership to help tackle rural crime in the area.

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

The partnership began in 2021 to address joint areas of concern and saw the purchase of quad bikes along with a transport trailer.

Council staff and Police officers have been trained to operate the quad bikes as part of the initiative, which helps to combat antisocial behaviour, illegal use of off-road vehicles, vandalism, illegal fly-tipping, missing person searches and patrols at events within the area.

Due to the success of the partnership, a further two quad bikes were purchased in 2022.

In 2023, the vehicles were deployed on 88 occasions, including 37 'High Risk Missing Person' reports, dedicated patrols in hotspot areas, and a range of events including The International Ayr Show - Festival of Flight.

Councillor Martin Kilbride, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Buildings, Housing and Environment said: "I'm pleased that we're continuing this partnership with Police Scotland Ayrshire.

"I know the presence of the quad bikes has had a noticeable effect in terms of complaints surrounding a number of issues, and they've made it easier for Police and our staff to attend incidents."

Chief Inspector Kevin Lammie, area commander for South Ayrshire, said: "The introduction of quad bikes in South Ayrshire has provided easier access to remote areas in the region. This has significantly enhanced our ability to tackle anti-social behaviour along with rural and wildlife crime.

"The off-road capability maximises our visibility in locations such as parks and beaches and means we can quickly respond to incidents and engage with the public."