VILLAGERS in Northamptonshire are being urged to be vigilant amid an increase in thefts across the county.
Officers from Northamptonshire Police advised residents in rural areas to mark their possessions and report any suspicious activity following a spate of thefts from villages.
One of the incidents happened in Welton Road, Barby between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on December 30, when an outbuilding was broken into and a Kawasaki quadbike stolen from inside.
The suspects are described as two white males, one wearing a baseball cap and high-vis tabard, in a Ford Ranger which would have sustained damage during the course of the incident.
Other thefts took place in Brackley on Monday January 10, and Silverstone on Friday January 14.
Officers are now urging members of the rural community to consider crime prevention tools such as trackers, CCTV that alerts them to suspicious activity, and hitch and wheel locks to make vehicles harder to steal.
Officers are also appealing for any witnesses or anyone with CCTV regarding any of the incidents to get in touch by calling Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Visit www.northants.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention for crime prevention advice.