Sussex Police has warned it has the power to seize and crush bikes being ridden anti-socially in the town.
Inspector Suzanne Neilson said the issue created noise nuisance and safety concerns.
She said: “Anti-social riding of quad bikes and off-road motorbikes causes us a variety of issues in and around Crawley. We receive calls regularly from residents due to noise nuisance, particularly in the evenings.
“These bikes do not have numberplates but the detail you give about the bike and driver could allow us to identify who is involved so we can take action, which could include seizing and crushing the bikes involved.”
She added: “There is obvious concern about the safety of the public but also for the bikers themselves, some of whom do not wear helmets or any protective gear and may ride at high speeds with a number of persons on one bike. They may also use main roads to get to off-road locations.
“We are working with other agencies including the borough council and managers and owners of the areas involved to identify ways that we can address these issues. It is important that we receive information as soon as possible from residents in order that we can attend and deal quickly with the problem.
“If you see someone riding antisocially call 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or report it at www.operationcrackdown.co.uk. It is important that you give us as much detail as you can about the bike, the rider, the location and the time so that we can investigate.”
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