Thames Valley Police is the first police force in the UK to introduce an all-terrain vehicle to its fleet to fight rural crime. The Kubota RTV-X900 utility vehicle has been loaned to Thames Valley Police to allow the force to patrol miles of countryside and protect farms and local businesses from being targeted by criminals.
The impact is already showing after six months, with the force seeing crime rates fall rapidly thanks to the constant presence of police officers being able to access areas of land that were previously out of bounds or difficult to access.
In addition to being used to patrol the countryside, the utility vehicle has been put to good use in the town centre proving its versatility.
The force has attended around 96 crimes across Carterton, Bampton and Norton since the RTV arrived in June 2015, with each officer able to get to the scene in under one hour. Landowners and farmers have also reported a lack of suspicious incidents taking place in the area over the past six months.