SEMA Equipment, a John Deere dealership group, has reported the theft of eight Gator utility vehicles across three locations in 2014. Despite locking and chaining the vehicles, thieves are coming equipped to steal the vehicles valued around $15,000 each. Learn more: Kare11.com
Comment: This story highlights what seems to be a growing trend of UTV thefts. With the increasing popularity of work and recreational UTVs it should not be surprising that thefts appear to be on the increase. We have no hard numbers but from tracking news stories across the US, thefts of these vehicles appear to be on the rise. While many stories point to a crime of opportunity and sometimes joyriders, these thefts point to a more purposeful and planned thefts. If it becomes a bigger issue, manufacturers may respond with more robust anti-theft technology for these vehicles.